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Timeline: Aberdeen's City Garden Project

Union Terrace Gardens
Image caption Labour in Aberdeen want to scrap plans to redevelop Union Terrace Gardens

The wrangle over what to do with Aberdeen's historic Union Terrace Gardens has divided opinion in the city for several years.

Many hope the City Garden Project could breathe new life into Aberdeen, but others do not want to lose the sunken Victorian gardens and believe the money could be better spent.

BBC Scotland's news website looks back at some of the key developments in the saga.

11 November 2008

One of Scotland's richest businessmen pledges up to £50m to create a "new heart" of Aberdeen's city centre.

Sir Ian Wood is backing a proposal to develop a new street level city centre square on the site of Union Terrace Gardens.

Tycoon in £50m city centre offer

25 March 2009

Plans to create a new heart of Aberdeen could be "technically and financially viable", an interim report suggests.

The study about Union Terrace Gardens was carried out by consultants Halliday Fraser Munro.

It says a planned contemporary arts centre could also be incorporated.

New heart of city 'could happen'

5 June 2009

Sir Ian Wood confirms he is prepared to pledge £50m after a feasibility report was unveiled.

It could cost between £110m and £140m for planned raised gardens at Union Terrace and full covering over the Denburn dual carriageway.

Sir Ian says: "This project has the potential to make us the Houston of the Eastern Hemisphere."

The next stage will be public consultation on the plans.

New heart of city secures backing

11 January 2010

A public consultation begins on controversial plans to create a civic square in the centre of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (Acsef) says it wants views on the scheme.

It has been criticised by supporters of a rival scheme - which already has planning permission.

Approval for Peacock Visual Arts' new centre in the gardens has already been given.

Views sought on new city square for Aberdeen

8 February 2010

Singer Annie Lennox comes out against plans for a civic square over Union Terrace Gardens in her home town of Aberdeen.

Writing on her Myspace blog, the former Eurythmics star turned solo performer urges people to back a campaign to "stop this happening".

Singer Annie Lennox 'opposes Aberdeen gardens plan'

13 April 2010

The majority of people who take part in a consultation on plans to create a civic square in the heart of Aberdeen oppose the plan, putting it in doubt.

Results of the consultation showed 55% of 11,943 formal submissions received were against the City Square project, with 44% supporting it.

Backer Sir Ian Wood says he is now "less than hopeful" the project could proceed.

Consultation puts Aberdeen City Square plan in doubt

20 May 2010

The plan to raise Union Terrace Gardens and create a civic square is backed.

Councillors vote to back the scheme, meaning detailed plans will be taken to the next stage.

The decision follows a public consultation in which 55% of respondents said they did not want the new square.

Sir Ian Wood says the long-term winners would be the people of Aberdeen.

Councillors back Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens plan

7 April 2011

A special Aberdeen City Council meeting to discuss the possible scrapping of the controversial City Garden Project sees support continue.

Councillors backed continuing to support the project ahead of an international design competition.

Aberdeen council meeting supports City Gardens project

19 April 2011

An international design competition for the City Garden Project is officially launched.

It will close on 13 June, a shortlist will be announced in the July and the winning bid is due to be announced in December.

Aberdeen City Garden project design contest launched

22 July 2011

Six teams go through to the second stage of the design contest, after a total of 55 submissions were made.

Shortlist picked for Aberdeen's £140m City Garden plan

18 October 2011

Designs for the controversial plans to transform Union Terrace Gardens are revealed to the public.

Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens design plans unveiled

14 December 2011

A local referendum is be held on the redevelopment of Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens.

A meeting of the city council decided to ask if people support the project, or if they want the existing gardens to be kept.

Two designs have gone head-to-head to compete for project.

The winning design is set to be revealed in January.

Union Terrace Gardens referendum approved by council

16 January 2012

The winning design that could possibly transform Union Terrace Gardens is chosen as Granite Web.

The Diller Scofidio and Renfro/Keppie Design entry was chosen for the City Garden Project ahead of the Foster and Partners-led Winter Garden bid.

Aberdeen's City Garden Project winner is Granite Web

2 March 2012

Voters back the City Garden Project after a referendum on the issue.

People were asked if they wanted to retain the historic gardens or back the £140m City Garden Project redevelopment.

There were 45,301 votes in favour of the project, with 41,175 people opposed to the plans

Voters back Aberdeen's City Garden Project in referendum

11 May 2012

The Labour Party in Aberdeen says it will press ahead with a manifesto commitment to scrap the redevelopment of Union Terrace Gardens.

Aberdeen's City Garden Project: Labour committed to scrap UTG redevelopment

28 June 2012

A business case for the City Garden Project is published, claiming more than 8,000 jobs could be created.

The business plan argues there is a "clear case" for the regeneration of Aberdeen city centre.

Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) would see the £92m loan being paid back by increased income from business rates.

Aberdeen City Garden Project: 'Clear case' for regeneration

21 August 2012

An alternative proposal for the future of Aberdeen city centre has been put forward the day before a vital vote, BBC Scotland learns.

The Independent Alliance Group say they want to invest in the current Union Terrace Gardens and as many of the landmark buildings in Aberdeen city centre as possible.

New plan for Aberdeen City Garden Project

22 August 2012

Councillors debate the future of Aberdeen city centre, before the City Garden Project is rejected.

Aberdeen's City Garden Project snubbed after debate

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