City Centre Masterplan

The Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) is a regeneration blueprint that is transforming the city centre while conserving its proud heritage. The goal is greater prosperity and a better quality of life for all.

The Masterplan was shaped following extensive public consultation and unanimously approved by Aberdeen City Council in June 2015.

Eight objectives feed through the Masterplan:

  • Changing perceptions
  • Growing the city centre employment base
  • A metropolitan outlook
  • A living city for everyone
  • Made in Aberdeen
  • Revealing waterfronts
  • Technologically advanced and environmentally responsible
  • Culturally distinctive

In all, it has 50 projects that range from delivering enhanced civic space to helping support exciting new events like the Great Aberdeen Run. Consultancy BDP, which drew up the Masterplan, estimated that over the next 25 years it could attract £1 billion of investment - the bulk from the private sector - and create thousands of new jobs.

The City Centre Masterplan is helping make Aberdeen an even better place to live, work, visit and do business.

City Centre Masterplan review

A review of the CCMP was agreed at a meeting of the city growth and resources committee in May 2021 as it was first approved in 2015 and there have been several achievements to date including the completion of Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Music Hall, Marischal Square, and Broad Street. Over the coming months, there will be completion of Provost Skene’s House and the regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens. 

A public consultation was held recently as part of the review for people to give their views on the area, allocating points to indicate how important an issue is.

The review will be in a report which will be considered by committee at a later date.

The Spaces for People works which were carried out to Union Street – pedestrianising the section between Market Street and Union Terrace to allow for 2m of physical distancing for pedestrians - are part of the review. 

These Union Street Spaces for People interventions will be reported to the city growth and resources committee in August as part to the CCMP review along with the BHS and Market buildings proposals.


Exciting changes for the city centre were agreed at the August 2021 City Growth and Resources committee including a major redesign of the streetscape of Union Street, undertake a building condition survey and repair programme for all properties on Union Street, develop a permanent café culture in the Belmont Street and Back Wynd area, and install outdoor seating outside the Art Gallery.

Other measures which were agreed include investigating the possibility of council-owned land allowing permanent outdoor areas to promote café culture, developing detailed designs for a permanent new streetscape on Union Street between Market Street and Bridge Street, and allowing the temporary outdoor trading to continue until 24 January 2022 to help the hospitality industry.

The members also agreed to schedule the removal of Spaces for People Interventions from West End (Thistle Street, Chapel Street, and Rose Street) following removal works of previously-scheduled Spaces for People intervention removals.

All the proposed changes to the city centre area would be subject to consultation at appropriate times with stakeholders including public transport operators, residents, and traders.
The report to committee said a public consultation held recently found top 10 priorities received as feedback included Union Street as the heart of the city, make outdoor café culture in the Belmont Street area permanent, focus on building maintenance and upkeep for Union Street, the beach as location for a new stadium, more trees, flowers and green spaces on Union Street, a pedestrianised central section of Union Street (Market Street to Bridge Street), improve connections from the beach to the city centre, remove street clutter on Union Street, make more of the Castlegate space, and improve connections from the city centre to the beach.

The full responses to questions: 


The submitted comments: 


The emailed comments: 


The report to committee with more details is item 11.5

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