|Beach Improvement Scheme||To increase the amenities and attractiveness of the beach, Aberdeen Town Council invited competitive designs for the erection of a dance hall to accommodate 500, a restaurant to seat 250, a variety entertainment pavilion to hold 750 and a series of blocks of shops with provision for the further extension of the scheme by the erection of a concert hall to hold 1,000 persons. Twenty designs were received. |
Keppie believed all the schemes to be over the £50,000 budget, but considered that it should be possible to amend the winning proposals. The council subsequently approved Roberts and Hume 's amended scheme comprising dance hall, The Beach Ballroom, (£24,288); restaurant (£7,811); variety pavilion - the Gaiety (£7,218); eight shops (£3,200); roads £200.
Note - the winning design shows the Gaiety variety theate and shops to be separate blocks and not part of the ballroom/restaurant complex. The Gaiety is believed to have been demolished in the 1960's. The fate of the shops is unclear.