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Planners nod through 374 Aberdeen student flats

March 8 2017

Planners nod through 374 Aberdeen student flats
Aberdeen planners have granted consent to a 374-bed student housing development on the city’s John Street, eliminating a prominent brownfield plot.

Fletcher Joseph Architects have led design work for the scheme on behalf of George Downing Construction with a view to making a start on-site in the coming months, with students moving in by summer 2018.

In a statement the architects said: “Once complete the building will offer active frontage, linking the city centre streets with the Woolmanhill area, and feature a landmark corner block, which is to act as a visible bookend to John Street.  The development’s u-shape footprint offers amenity at the heart of the scheme, channelling building occupants around internal and external social areas.  

“The proposals have also been improved, following dialogue with Aberdeen City Council, in order to offer better daylighting to both future students and neighbouring properties.”

The U-shaped block will frame a communal courtyard and will be clad in grey brick, aluminium panels and ceramic tiles.


#1 Posted by Micky on 8 Mar 2017 at 17:13 PM
Lovely trees. Building is giving me a migraine...
Don Diamante
#2 Posted by Don Diamante on 10 Mar 2017 at 13:34 PM
People are going to start thinking that the old Aberdeen quarries mainly produced freshly mined white render and grey cladding.

Also, Liverpool developer, Edinburgh architect. So much for the Buy Local campaign.

And finally, apparently "The facade seeks to echo a former university building opposite" according to the original story page linked in the first paragraph. I didn't know there was a Bertie Bassett University in Aberdeen?

The best thing about this proposal is.... it's not as bad as the 90s student housing scheme next door, not to mention the old Ambassador Snooker Hall this scheme is replacing.
#3 Posted by rankbadyin on 15 Mar 2017 at 11:31 AM
It will go well with the similarly clad spaceship that landed at the hospital a couple of years ago.
#4 Posted by nomoregrey on 21 Mar 2017 at 15:50 PM
Truly awful...imagine being involved in this at any level. What is wrong with Aberdeen and jobs of a certain size!? they appear to be given to incompetent "architects" that have been oblivious to the failings of years gone by.

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