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Aberdeen to progress 369 affordable homes on brownfield land

April 19 2016

Aberdeen to progress 369 affordable homes on brownfield land
Aberdeen City Council is seeking to progress delivery of 369 affordable homes on the site of the former Summerhill Education Centre at Lang Stracht, a key route into the city from the west.

A design team including Hypostyle and Norr have been appointed to help deliver the project which will take the form of brick clad blocks stepping in height up to four storeys with projecting features and roof terraces.

Commenting on the adopted design solution Norr wrote: “The units are contained within two principle block forms that have been arranged to maximise open space between them. Networks of paths define green spaces that are accessible to all residents.

“The blocks along Lang Stracht, through their height and massing create an important frontage, but also allow for views into the site and through the site creating interest and variety. These have been aligned so as to tie in as closely with the line of the buildings to the west, this hides the gable end of the properties and visually ties the development into the existing housing.”

Recessed balconies and regularly spaced windows are used to create long straight frontages to surrounding streets and internal courtyards.
Housing will be arranged within two principle block forms
Housing will be arranged within two principle block forms


#1 Posted by Cadmonkey on 19 Apr 2016 at 14:51 PM
Why has an affordable housing scheme got recessed balconies?
Surely these should have been value engineered out as well as the fussy brickwork.
#2 Posted by Alf on 19 Apr 2016 at 15:08 PM
Cadmonkey; sarcasm?
#3 Posted by Yaldy on 19 Apr 2016 at 15:37 PM
Yaldy! If only this was in God's own city of Glasgow. Good effort
#4 Posted by Al on 19 Apr 2016 at 16:29 PM
Woo, some funky retro deck-access going on in the design & access statement
Islands of sanity
#5 Posted by Islands of sanity on 19 Apr 2016 at 17:13 PM
As a matter of principle, text and captions should read as principal housing blocks. Pedantry reigns. Principal blocks look a dead ringer for the Lauriston scheme in Glasgow.
D to the R
#6 Posted by D to the R on 20 Apr 2016 at 13:24 PM
If you cannae beat it .... rip it aff - who cares if it looks like the best urban housing project in the country? Better than the usual crap ...
#7 Posted by RJB on 21 Apr 2016 at 10:29 AM
Mmmm 1960's Modernism revisted in buff brick. I'm starting to miss the 80s.
#8 Posted by Gringo on 22 Apr 2016 at 09:02 AM
I can't wait 'til this phase of rationalist/ minimalist work is's soooo fucking dull!
#9 Posted by Terra on 23 Apr 2016 at 16:17 PM
I like it. Tasteful, clean and a huge improvement on the previous building and great addition to the area which could do with more of this. Yes there are better developments to compare it with; the fantastic Laurieston development in Glasgow being a good example, but this is a good addition overall.
Fitz Hat
#10 Posted by Fitz Hat on 26 Apr 2016 at 14:01 PM
Hopefully this will embarrass the developers hawking cheaply-built but expensively-priced flats around Aberdeen into upping their game.

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