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Aberdeen student flats win seal of approval

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October 21 2014

Aberdeen student flats win seal of approval
Student housing developer Alumno has secured planning consent for the creation of a 199 place accommodation block at Powis Place, Aberdeen.

Designed by Carson & Partners the scheme attempts to heal the fragmented streetscape the design has evolved from an earlier pre-application sketch to resolve into a five storey block with a further two setback levels.

Clad predominantly in silver-grey Ibstock ‘Nevado Geel’ facing brick the scheme will also employ Wienerberger ‘Bemmel Blue’ brick for upper storey and courtyard elevations. The main entrance and social spaces will be glazed to provide shelter and an animated frontage to the road.

Eaves lines have been considered to respond to the surrounding context with a communal green terrace animating the roofscape, with further amenity provided in the form of a landscaped central courtyard.

In their design statement Carson & Partners say: "On the corner of Powis Place the building has significant bulk and presence but diminishes in scale towards Canal Road to the rear, working with the rising topography to meet the more domestic scale of areas to the north across the railway.

“The external character is one of simple, sculpted forms that rely on good proportions; crisp detailing and the tone and texture of the visually animated materials from which they are made.”

Work is expected to complete by August 2016.
An inflected facade enhances provides a more generous streetscape
An inflected facade enhances provides a more generous streetscape
Extensive landscaping and amenity space will be offered
Extensive landscaping and amenity space will be offered

The urban grain of the city presently breaks down on approach to the suburbs
The urban grain of the city presently breaks down on approach to the suburbs

2 Comments

monkey9000
#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 21 Oct 2014 at 11:08 AM
Alas! The first decent building in Aberdeen since 1900!
Jonathan
#2 Posted by Jonathan on 21 Oct 2014 at 14:47 PM
The potential of brick, especially high quality brick with a variety of grey and grey-blue hues from manufacturers such as Petersen-Tegl, is something that I really feel needs to be explored more in Aberdeen. Admittedly, it is not a traditional material of the city but the grey combinations would be an interesting and meaningful alternative to the sub standard stick-on imported granite that we see used currently, and a far better alternative to the white render and metal cladding that seems to be ingrained in a number of Aberdonian practices.

You only need to look at recent work by Reiach & Hall and other practices, to see how brick can be very well detailed. The monolithic forms of Aberdeens traditional buildings would work well with the capabilities of well detailed brickwork.

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