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First phase of £800m Aberdeen New Town opens its doors

April 25 2017

First phase of £800m Aberdeen New Town opens its doors
Occupiers have begun setting up home in the first phase of an £800m new town on the outskirts of Aberdeen which will eventually play host to 3,000 homes, 750 of which will be classed as affordable.

Developed by Stewart Milne Group Countesswells will include the full panoply of associated infrastructure including schools, parkland, leisure and healthcare facilities in addition to shops and business premises.

Project director Allan McGregor said: “Working closely with the UK Government, we have created a model which could be used for other settlements, similar to the recently-announced Garden Villages in England, where quality, design, cutting-edge technology, local employment and accessible green spaces are the heart of delivering high quality urban realm. Our ambition reflects the vision for these developments which are about well thought-through communities and not simply dormitory suburbs.”

Phased delivery of the town will be undertaken over the next 15 years in accordance with a masterplan devised by Optimised Environments.


#1 Posted by Ian on 25 Apr 2017 at 14:05 PM
If our developers cannot come up with decent designs that add to the quality of our building stock. why don't they just copy some of the many excellent schemes that can easily be seen in so many parts of the continent.
#2 Posted by Matt on 25 Apr 2017 at 15:17 PM
These house types have been rammed down our throats since 1983...where is the innovation?
Is that grass verge one of the accessible green spaces?
It would be good to see more images to be fair to the developer. From this one, the scheme looks like a guff suburb but i am hoping this is the exception to the rule.
Gareth W
#3 Posted by Gareth W on 25 Apr 2017 at 16:01 PM
nope - this is a guff suburb.
#4 Posted by Charlie_ on 25 Apr 2017 at 18:32 PM
Looks like a pit of despair
Graeme McCormick
#5 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 25 Apr 2017 at 23:15 PM
Can't get much worse! Wise not to let them design and build a new Aberdeen FC stadium if their domestic build is of this quality.
#6 Posted by Donovan on 26 Apr 2017 at 09:59 AM
@#2 Matt - you bring up a good point about "green space". Patches of empty grass, with ubiquitous sticks for trees that wont survive the first winter/some little toerag vandalising it, are generally what developers will refer to as "accessible green space", parkland etc. These have about as much design quality and longevity as the houses themselves. You know the sorts of bits, they usually have those tacky advertising signs for the new estates on them! Not exactly pleasurable parkland or thriving urban spaces..

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