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Aberdeen riverside flats plan submitted

March 23 2015

Aberdeen riverside flats plan submitted
A planning application has been filed by Stewart Milne Homes and John Lawrie Group to build 100 two-bedroom flats on former industrial land by the River Dee.

Designed by Mackie Ramsay Taylor Architects the scheme will see insertion of five and six storey blocks to maximise river views and privacy, with large balconies and roof terraces.

In their design statement the practice said: “In light of the narrow nature of the site and the changing character of the site as it progresses from Abbotswell Road to the river, a design strategy has been proposed which creates a public ‘route’ through from Abbotswell Road to the Riverside Block. The aim being to maximise the occurence of open green space, and formal courtyard space within this south to north Route and for building frontages to address this public front to the development.”

Specified materials include render, blockwork, timber and metal cladding.


#1 Posted by AllFurCoatnNaeKnickers on 23 Mar 2015 at 12:37 PM
I try to refrain from posting if I have nothing constructive to say, but the state of Aberdeen is irritating me beyond belief.

As a small practice based up here we're well aware that if you want to do anything with even the most remote importance placed on design it has to be for private residential clients. Nobody commissioning projects beyond this scale (with the exception of Aberdeen University) has any interest in design quality.

A simple brief from a developer up here would read:

1) How cheap will you be?
2) How shiny will it be?
3) How cheap and shiny will it be?

It depresses me beyond belief the quality of medium to large sized jobs happening up here, especially when there are plenty of smaller practices chipping away and trying to do decent stuff (i.e. Graeme Mitchell's etc).

Half a dozen commercially orientated practices have everything larger sewn up, and they give the oilies what they want. Cheap.
Auntie Nairn
#2 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 23 Mar 2015 at 14:47 PM
Pity the owners of the house at top right of the image, that have a 4 storey gable overlooking their garden.
#3 Posted by themadattic on 24 Mar 2015 at 16:05 PM
Don Diamante
#4 Posted by Don Diamante on 25 Mar 2015 at 12:43 PM
Oh well, looks like now that the oil's gone, we've just given up.....

I suppose one design theory could be "we are proposing flats in context with their existing surroundings, which are currently a sh!thole, so...."

The developers don't care, the planners don't care, so what hope have we got?

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