£1 million boost for Broad Street revitalisation plans

Aberdeen City Council’s exciting plans to revitalise Broad Street received a further boost today (Wednesday 19 October) with the announcement of a £1,015,482 award from Sustrans Scotland towards the project.

The plans were approved at a Full Council meeting on 6 October and will see a transformed and improved streetscape extending from Union Street to the Gallowgate/Upperkirkgate junction creating a vibrant pedestrian-priority area capable of staging range of cultural events throughout the year.

Highlights of the design plans include a water feature, a raised lawn area giving a space to relax and enjoy the view of Marischal College, new trees and granite bench seating. Lighting improvements to Marischal College will help ‘theme’ the building and will be integrated with lighting of the water feature.

Finance Convener, Councillor Willie Young, said: “This is yet more great news for Broad Street and for our City Centre Masterplan vision. Sustrans Scotland has been as enthused as we are about these exciting plans for Broad Street. The award of over a million pounds underlines that this a project of national as well as local significance

“The City Centre Masterplan is fast becoming a reality and the feedback from over 1000 people taking part in the Broad Street consultation has helped shape the design work, making this a truly civic project”.

The award from the Sustrans Scotland follows close collaboration between the sustainable transport charity, Aberdeen City Council and Halliday Fraser Munroon the innovative designs.

Andy Keba, Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links Coordinator, said: “Sustrans Scotland is delighted to announce that we have allocated over £1million of funding into this key city centre project in Aberdeen.

“We are committed to ensuring that individuals and communities are better connected by safe and accessible walking and cycling facilities and the new and improved Broad Street will provide both those who live in and visit the area with excellent facilities to travel actively.

“We look forward to working with Aberdeen City Council in order to ensure the successful delivery of this project.”