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Union Square Aberdeen
City Centre Retail Development in North East Scotland
28 Jan 2009
Union Square Aberdeen - Retail Development
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR HAMMERSON'S UNION SQUARE
Hammerson has announced completion of another project milestone at Union Square Aberdeen with the relocation of British Transport Police, National Express and First ScotRail to new state of the art premises adjoining the development
Union Square Aberdeen images from the architect
To facilitate the relocation, Hammerson worked in partnership with Network Rail, the railway infrastructure company and former owner of the land.
The new offices are in the same building as the new Aberdeen station travel centre which opened earlier this year. Other recent improvements have included the First Class Lounge which opened in August, following a £40,000 investment by First ScotRail.
Guy Wells, development manager for Hammerson, said: "We have worked closely with Network Rail to allow this relocation to take place. This takes us another step closer to completing Union Square and delivering this £250million retail and leisure development in the heart of Aberdeen."
Edward Freeman, development surveyor for Network Rail in Scotland, added:
"As well as being a key component of the Union Square project, the redevelopment of the facilities at Aberdeen station will bring significant benefits to both passengers and station staff. Union Square Aberdeen will help to develop the city as a high-value retail and leisure destination in Scotland and we are pleased to be able to help play a role in making that possible."
Opening in autumn 2009, Union Square is Aberdeen's first combined retail, leisure and transport scheme and the first major city centre development for 20 years. The transport interchange will provide a gateway to the North East of Scotland, encouraging sustainable travel to the city with improved railway station facilities, a first class bus station, 1,700 car parking spaces and bicycle parking amenities.
Another recent update from Union Square Aberdeen was the announcement of four well known food brands which have confirmed residence in the Union Square food terrace. The four catering units include renowned Italian eatery Ask and PERi-PERi Chicken specialists Nando's, both of which are new additions not only to Union Square but also to the City of Aberdeen. Lively Mexican Chiquito's, plus 1950' s inspired American ice cream parlour Frankie and Benny's will also accompany the assortment of retail and leisure facilities on offer at Union Square.
Located on the first floor of the 700,000 square foot retail and leisure haven, the catering pre-lets are the first four out of a possible 12 catering units to confirm their Union Square residency. As well as offering an array of world food delights to the 3.5 million people who visit Aberdeen each year, Union Square will also be home to 56 retail units, a 10 screen cinema Aberdeen's largest multi-screen complex and a 203-bedroom hotel.
Other confirmed units at Union Square Aberdeen include Next, New Look, Arcadia, Cine UK and Jurys Inn.
The Union Square transport interchange will provide a gateway to the North East of Scotland, encouraging sustainable travel to the city with improved railway station facilities, a first class bus station, 1,700 car parking spaces and bicycle parking amenities.
Union Square Aberdeen - images / information from USW
Union Square Architects : BDP
Aberdeen Shopping Centre : Bon Accord Centre
photo 1990 © Tony Freeman
Union Square Architects : Building Design Partnership
5 Mar 2007
Union Square Aberdeen - Building Foundations Take Shape
UNION SQUARE FOUNDATIONS TAKE SHAPE
Engineering Works Signal that Major Aberdeen City Centre Retail and Leisure Development is On Track
Building work on Hammerson's £200million+ Union Square retail and leisure development in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre is set to take another major step forward today (Monday 5th March 2007), as piling works on the development get underway.
The piling works on the 527,000 ft² retail and leisure scheme form the base on which the foundations of the Union Square complex will be built, with this phase of the project expected to take approx 5-weeks to complete.
The piling works involve driving 400 reinforced concrete columns, each measuring 270mm in diameter into the ground to a depth of 20 metres using specialist piling rigs brought into Aberdeen. The superstructure of the Union Square development will then be built on top of the network of reinforced columns.
Commenting on the Union Square Aberdeen works, Simon Travis, Assistant Director, Hammerson plc said: "This is a major piece of engineering work that will lay the foundations on which the Union Square Development will be built, and the works signal that we are on track with our build timetable.
"Given the nature of the works, we understand that it is important tocomplete this particular phase as quickly as possible, so as to ensure minimum disruption to those living and working near the site. We have aset our main contractors a tight timescale to complete the process."
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