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138 affordable urban homes proposed for Aberdeen

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December 1 2016

138 affordable urban homes proposed for Aberdeen
Robertson Homes and Grampian Housing Association have teamed up to put forward plans for 138 affordable urban homes in four blocks of up to six storeys at St Machar Road, Aberdeen.

Designed to offer strong street frontages and screen homes from neighbouring industrial land the scheme offers private south facing courtyards, public open space and a tree-lined avenue connecting to a new floodlit games area.

Architects Halliday Fraser Munro wrote: “We have looked at several options and layouts to visually break long elevations into smaller widths with pushing forward prominent feature gables and expressing these elements with higher ‘tower’ parapet detailing.

“At set back areas, we have introduced a different treatment to the top storey with metal standing seam cladding to visually reduce the height. This has created elevations which visually vary in scale and height with the use of different materials. To further reduce the scale and massing of the building in certain locations, mansard roofs with dormer windows are shown.”

Each block will be faced in a mix of buff brick and metal standing seam.
Stair cores and entrances are expressed in metal standing seam
Stair cores and entrances are expressed in metal standing seam
varying bricks are used to emphasise primary elevations
varying bricks are used to emphasise primary elevations

3 Comments

FHM
#1 Posted by FHM on 1 Dec 2016 at 16:10 PM
Architects Halliday Fraser Munro wrote:

"...visually break long elevations into smaller widths..."
"...visually reduce the height..."
"...visually vary in scale and height..."

The last two uses of visually were in the same paragraph. If these "architects" cannot even draft an engaging design statement, how can we expect them to engage with the site's context with a quality design?
RPH
#2 Posted by RPH on 2 Dec 2016 at 14:12 PM
Just to clarify :- Robertson PARTNERSHIP Homes and Grampian Housing Association.
Don Diamante
#3 Posted by Don Diamante on 2 Dec 2016 at 16:33 PM
You say "affordable urban homes"...."designed to offer strong street frontages".
I say "Quite a few blocks of flats, in amongst some older blocks of flats".

You say "screen homes from neighbouring industrial land".
I say "built on what should be the amenity space for the original community".

Oh, and glad to see their 'grey metal cladding' calling card. After all, how else would we know it's Aberdeen?

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