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Five woodland Aberdeen homes positioned as sustainable development

August 5 2020

Five woodland Aberdeen homes positioned as sustainable development

Fitzgerald Associates and First Construction are leading efforts to build five detached homes on 4.4 acres of land off Bairds Brae in Cults, two miles from Aberdeen city centre.

Retaining an existing rubble wall and belt of mature trees the properties will be set back as far north as possible along a newly formed access road to maximise private south facing grounds.

In an accompanying statement, the studio wrote: "Our site is split to form five number dwelling plots, derived from the strong principle of retaining existing trees, aligning the five houses with a strong aspect to the south, providing good solar gain enhancing the renewables that will be provided as part of this development.

"Although using of vernacular materials such as granite and natural slate, a more contemporary approach has been taken to the overall look of the properties, the main feature being the zinc standing seam dormers on all properties providing internally an impressive outlook."

Located in the Pitfodels conservation area the grassland site is currently unused and inaccessible but surrounded by established residential areas.


#1 Posted by mick on 5 Aug 2020 at 18:05 PM
Crap with a capital C...
Don Diamante
#2 Posted by Don Diamante on 10 Aug 2020 at 17:19 PM
Well I looked up the planning documents to see if the plans would make better sense of the atrocious visual above, but they don't.
With such massive plots, why have they felt the need to compress the footprint and therefore end up building higher, with the master bedroom in the loft?
It's almost fortunate that these plans have no street frontage, as there is absolutely zero kerb-appeal to the elevations. Hasn't anyone noticed how awful silicone render looks on large houses after 4 or 5 years of nil-by-owner maintenance?
Plus, using natural granite and slate, with zinc clad dormers, what is this meant to be - traditional with a nod to contemporary, or vice-versa? I don't think the designer is entirely sure themselves.
I just don't relate these plans with being appropriate to modern family living, or to their setting in any way whatsoever, but that's just my own opinion. This could be so much better.

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