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Will development make Marischal College more enclosed?

When Muse Developments and Aviva Investors lodged their detailed plans for Aberdeen’s Marischal Square in May this year it seemed like the developers had won, despite widespread reservations from the public.

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Marischal Square: shouldn't we aim a bit higher?

It’s probably inevitable that the unveiling of the design for the proposed Marischal Square in the centre of Aberdeen has provoked a barrage of negative comments in the press.

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Can new city centre plan achieve consensus?

Just when it seemed that the plans for a transformation of Aberdeen city centre were about to disappear, along with Sir Ian Wood’s incredibly generous potential donation of £50 million to the scheme, along comes a new plan from Aberdeen architect John Halliday of Halliday Fraser Munro.

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Union Terrace Gardens 11 months on

Eleven months after Aberdeen City Council administration voted against the Aberdeen City Garden Project, the council’s deputy leader Marie Boulton has suggested winding the clock back and reviving the Peacock arts centre plan for Union Terrace Gardens.

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City of Culture bid doomed

The announcement that Aberdeen has failed to make the short leet for the 2017 UK City of Culture is disappointing, but not surprising.

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Disappointment at new Aberdeen civic square

The good news that we were to lose the much hated eyesore that is St Nicholas House, has turned into disappointment at the proposed replacement.

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Reviving pride in Aberdeen city centre

After the sometimes bitter political battles over Aberdeen’s City Garden Project, the initiative by Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principal of the Robert Gordon University, holds out some hope that it could restore a sense of direction for the city.

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Aberdeen needs a plan to recover

I have made no secret of my support for the Aberdeen City Garden Project. I saw it as transformational for the city. Something that our forward-thinking forebears (who boldly built the viaduct that is Union Street to create the modern city we know) would have been proud of.

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The importance of a vibrant city

I have an old photograph of Aberdeen in the 19th Century, soon after the Granite City gained that title, following the completion of the huge granite viaduct that carries the grandeur of Union Street across the Denburn Valley.

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Dismayed by attempt to derail democracy

Along with a substantial proportion of the local population I am dismayed at the threat to vote out the City Garden proposal for Aberdeen city centre, despite the result of a democratic referendum. Read More...
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City centre investment depends on garden vote

I only discovered last week that the City Garden referendum in Aberdeen has much wider implications than simply the decision between retaining the existing Union Terrace Gardens or creating a new City Garden spanning the Denburn Valley.

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New attitudes needed to city centre trade

If I was going to open a shop, I would start out by doing some pretty intensive market research. I would want to know what people want. I would want to know whether there was space in the market for my business.
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