Affordable homes demand sparks Donside Village changes
August 9 2019
Sanctuary Housing is to proceed with the second phase of their Donside Urban Village development in Aberdeen in the form of revised plans for a block of 23 affordable flats designed by Halliday Fraser Munro and Ian White Associates.
This follows the withdrawal of a recent application for private housing owing to an economic downturn and increased demand for affordable housing.
Explaining the change in approach the architects wrote: “An application for the ‘Icon’ Block site was withdrawn, however, it had been recommended for approval subject to a suitable mechanism to secure developer contributions.
“However due to the recent economic downturn and increasing demand for affordable housing we are now submitting a new application for the site. The revised building footprint is smaller and the overall height has been reduced to four storeys.”
Overlooking a newly installed riverside footpath along the banks of the River Don the new scheme occupies the site of the former Donside Paper Mill in front of an existing public shared space.
Finished in buff brick, dry dash render, Rock Panel and timber effect cladding the properties are designed to provide a durable and low maintenance finish.