Aberdeen to consult on ‘cafe culture’ designs for Belmont district

A walk-in consultation to gather input from residents and businesses on Belmont Street and surrounding streets for a new permanent café culture in the area will be held next week.

Aberdeen City Council’s £1.5million investment in the Belmont Quarter will help boost city center employment, create a metropolitan feel that will grow as a dining destination attractive and to become a culturally distinctive neighborhood that will enhance the conservation area.

The drop-in event includes two options for the area of ​​what café culture will look like – outdoor seating with umbrellas that could be up in late fall, or shelter structures that could be set up next spring.

The two-day event, which is complemented by an online consultation, will also include operational plans for how the Belmont neighborhood will operate for deliveries, garbage trucks and other requirements depending on the chosen design.

The event will have designers and engineers on hand to answer questions, and there will also be council officers available from 2-4 p.m. each day to answer any specific licensing questions.

Businesses and residents will continue to be consulted on the draft design over the coming weeks.

Aberdeen to consult on 'cafe culture' designs for Belmont district

A spokeswoman for Aberdeen City Council said: ‘It is fantastic to be able to hold this walk-in event with online consultation and we encourage people who live and work in the Belmont area to come, view what the two proposals are, and provide feedback to the team.

“The café culture in the Belmont neighborhood is just one of many exciting changes happening in the downtown area and we look forward to what will happen in the months to come.”

The City Centre, New Aberdeen Market and Queen Street projects are part of the City Center Master Plan (CCMP), a regeneration plan that transforms the city center while preserving its proud heritage.

Since its approval in 2015, the CCMP has already delivered several achievements to date, including the redevelopment of Provost Skene’s House, the redevelopment of the Aberdeen Art Gallery, Music Hall, Marischal Square and Broad Street. The regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens will also provide a wheelchair accessible multi-purpose space in the downtown park, including a play park for the first time.

An exciting, one-of-a-kind transformative regeneration of Aberdeen’s city centre, old market and seafront was also given the green light at a council committee meeting last November.

The drop-in event takes place in the Seminar Room, Level 2, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill, on 17 and 18 May, from 2-5 p.m., with council officers present from 2-4 p.m. Members of the public and businesses may come forward or make an appointment in advance talk to a team member.

Proposals will also be in line May 17 and people have until May 27 to submit comments.