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The Future of Aberdeen City Centre and the Beach

Our commitment

Aberdeen City Council is committed to ensuring that our City Centre and Beach are places that the people of Aberdeen are proud of and enjoy spending time in. We also want to make sure our city and beachfront are both attractive and enjoyable places for people to visit and invest in. 

What has happened already and what is next?

The City Centre Masterplan was first approved in 2015. Since then we have made a number of achievements, including the completion of Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Music Hall, Marischal Square and Broad Street.

Over the coming months we will see completion of Provost Skene’s House and the regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens.

Impact of Covid-19 and what have we learned?

Over the last year, we have gained a greater appreciation of what our city has to offer. We have also developed a better understanding of the important role that good quality public spaces can have to supporting and improving health and wellbeing. This was seen by the number of people visiting areas of the city such as the Beach during the easing of lockdown restrictions. We also had to respond to challenges presented by Covid-19 such as providing safe spaces for pedestrian movement and access to local businesses, e.g. pedestrianisation of parts of Union Street.

What happens next?

It is important to reflect on what we have achieved and what we still have to do, but we must also consider what we have learned over the past year. One important task is to consider how our city can be more family friendly and focused on the needs of children and young people.

The Task

We are asking you to imagine that you are responsible for the future of the City Centre and Beach and what you think is most important. You have 500 points to give out and must allocate all of these points.

This exercise has been designed to discover what parts of the City Centre and the Beach are most important to you and will inform and influence the decisions that Aberdeen City Council take.

Open until Friday 2 July 2021 

Thank you for taking part. 

If you have any queries, would like to give us feedback or require information in alternative formats, please use the comments boxes in the link or email us at 

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How does it work?

You can take the following steps to submit your priorities:

  • On the left-hand column, you will see different categories of projects: Union Street; West End; Schoolhill, Upperkirkgate & Belmont Street; Castlegate; Beach Public Space; Beach Sports & Leisure; and, Beach Ballroom. Each category has improvements to choose from.
  • Within each improvement you can select how many points you would allocate and will be shown the expected impact of allocating those points. You can also decide not to spend any points on an improvement by not moving the slider.
  • For more information, including any maps showing location of improvements, click the information icon 'i' on the left of each improvement.
  • You can see how many points you have remaining in the top right-hand corner, or over-allocated points.
  • On each page you can leave additional comments or any further ideas you have.
  • Once you have gone through all the categories, and you have allocated your points, you can click ‘Review and submit’.

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