Architects invited to redesign Union Terrace Gardens
Aberdeen park could include art studios and amphitheatre as part of city centre revamp.
Architects have been invited to redesign Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen as part of a major city centre revamp.
The council has asked companies to submit designs for the Victorian park which could include art studios and an amphitheatre.
They are among £17m worth of potential improvements highlighted in the council's city centre masterplan.
Councillors narrowly voted against Sir Ian Wood's controversial £140m vision for Union Terrace Gardens in 2012.
The City Garden Project was supported by slightly over half of the 85,000 people who took part in a consultation on the plan but councillors rejected the business case for the scheme.
A newly announced £2m fund will be divided between designing potential improvements for Union Terrace Gardens, Golden Square and Schoolhill, as well as cleaning up Union Street.
The council will power-wash pavements, clean street furniture, paint railings and resurface pavements.
A survey will also be carried out to establish the condition of buildings on the high street.
Deputy council leader Marie Boulton, who led the fight against the City Garden Project, said: "The implementation of the masterplan is very much a partnership effort and we hope everyone will embrace the possibilities created through the regeneration of Union Street."