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City Garden Project designs to be unveiled in October

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

Designs for the controversial plans to transform Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen will go on show in October.

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.

The designs will be unveiled on 18 October, with an exhibition opening its doors to the public the next day at The Academy on Belmont Street.

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.

Malcolm Reading, of Malcolm Reading Consultants who are running the design competition, said: "We are now at the really exciting stage of seeing the potential for Aberdeen for the first time since this project was announced.

"The finalists have a track record in designing spaces which intrigue, excite and refresh people.

"I would encourage people to go and see the designs to find out first-hand what is being proposed for the city centre."

Own money

A winner is expected to be announced in November.

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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