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Aberdeen vote expected on Union Terrace Gardens project

Union Terrace Gardens
Image caption The £140m project aims to raise the level of the Victorian gardens

Aberdeen councillors are expected to vote on whether to put the controversial plans to transform Union Terrace Gardens out to a referendum.

Six design teams have been selected to compete for the £140m City Garden Project.

It follows an international design contest to raise the level of the Victorian gardens.

SNP councillor Kevin Stewart wants a public vote on whether to accept the winner of the competition.

The six teams are Foster and Partners of London, Diller Scofidio and Renfro of New York, Snohetta from Oslo/Gareth Hoskins Architects of Glasgow, Gustafson Porter of London, and two from the Netherlands - Mecanoo and West 8.

Sir Ian Wood, the Aberdeen oil services tycoon, has pledged £50m of his own money for the project.

During an earlier public consultation process, 55% of respondents said they did not support the new development.

However, councillors backed taking the plans to the next stage.

If the project proceeds, Aberdeen City Council hopes construction of the square could be completed by 2016.

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