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Preferred bidder for city centre masterplan to be recommended to Council

11/06/14

A preferred bidder to develop a masterplan and delivery programme for Aberdeen city centre is to be selected later this month.

A phased transformational masterplan for the city centre, incorporating detailed proposals for the Denburn Valley area, will be prepared by the successful bidder.

The City Centre Regeneration Board – a working group of councillors, council officers and external partners – today agreed to recommend a preferred bidder to Full Council. The Board's recommendation is based on the findings of an evaluation panel which scrutinised and scored six shortlisted bids.

Deputy council leader and Board chair Marie Boulton said: "The Council and the Board agree that the regeneration of Aberdeen city centre is crucial. We've worked very closely together to select a team who will design a masterplan in conjuction with stakeholders to deliver a masterplan to deliver a sustainable modern, busy and attractive city centre which Aberdeen deserves and can be proud of."

"I am really pleased that we have reached this important stage, within the agreed timescales, and that the Board has unanimously agreed to take a recommendation to Council to appoint a bidder who can deliver a masterplan and delivery programme within nine months."

The council's Strategic Infrastructure Plan identifies the regeneration of the city centre as a key priority for Aberdeen.
The masterplan will provide a visionary, integrated, coherent and compelling template for the sustainable development of the city centre, informed by a robust appraisal of the city centre's economy and its main property and development markets to form the basis of an assessment of Aberdeen's economic growth prospects and targets over 20 years. The vision will define what the city needs to meet its aspirations and ambitions.

A transformational facility or feature of outstanding architectural and built quality, which forms a key element in the Denburn Valley, which will act as a regeneration catalyst for the city centre is required. It should enhance and extend the existing cultural character of the city as an attraction and transform Aberdeen's capacity and reputation as an international visitor destination.

Other areas of study which the masterplan will take in include: the east and west gateways of Castlegate and Holburn; the potential offered by the North Dee/Palmerston area; and future proposals for Aberdeen Harbour. It will also make recommendations on the distribution of land uses across the masterplan area and the preferred locations for specific development opportunities and supporting amenities.

The Full Council will consider the recommendation when it meets on 25 June.