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Aberdeen’s Causewayend School to be turned into student housing

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October 27 2014

Aberdeen’s Causewayend School to be turned into student housing
The former Causewayend School, Aberdeen, is to be subject to a £20m student housing project by the UNITE Group which will see the C listed school refurbished together with the construction of a new build annexe on the one acre site.

Designed by Acanthus Architects df and HarrisonStevens landscape architects the proposal will house around 400 students from the 2016/17 academic year and adopt a quality palette of traditional granite and natural slate, intended as a contemporary take on the Scots Baronial style of the existing school.

Richard Simpson, managing director of property for UNITE said: “This site is in an excellent central location, in a market with favourable supply/demand dynamics and in a city we expect to experience continued growth. By renovating and bringing back into use a listed building, we are pleased to contribute to the regeneration of this city centre location.”

The proposal will be delivered in tandem with a larger build on Edinburgh’s St Leonard’s Street, part of a wider regional push by the student housing provider driven out of London by high prices.
Blocks will enclose a communal courtyard space
Blocks will enclose a communal courtyard space
Salvaged granite will be reused for walling and paving
Salvaged granite will be reused for walling and paving

7 Comments

shabbadoo
#1 Posted by shabbadoo on 27 Oct 2014 at 14:23 PM
how many things is this trying to be?!
boke!
Rem-Job
#2 Posted by Rem-Job on 27 Oct 2014 at 16:58 PM
I see HarrisonStevens landscape architects were pulling out all the stops here......
'cade
#3 Posted by 'cade on 28 Oct 2014 at 12:06 PM
There is a language to this, and massing, that relates well to the adjacent existing school building. Some high quality materials, and it could be a cracking scheme..
the sultan of brooneye
#4 Posted by the sultan of brooneye on 28 Oct 2014 at 13:24 PM
it's like a small confused child has drawn a picture of where their family has left them for being bad.
james
#5 Posted by james on 28 Oct 2014 at 13:57 PM
It's the new workhouse aesthetic.
bonvivant
#6 Posted by bonvivant on 28 Oct 2014 at 20:00 PM
Is this a competition to see how many potential carbuncle award nominees Urban Realm can fit into one issue?
Art Vandelay
#7 Posted by Art Vandelay on 28 Oct 2014 at 22:50 PM
The gable-y bit is alright, but the rest doesn't sit well. As someone else noted above, it looks as though it's four or five iterations of the scheme crammed into one.

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