Robust Aberdeen council homes to establish a sense of place
June 21 2021
Aberdeen City Council has awarded consent for 99 new council houses on the site of a former primary school at Craighill in the Kincorth area of the city.
The brownfield site was cleared in 2013 awaiting development with the island site set to be opened up to integrate with established homes all around and retaining mature trees.
Meeting Housing for Varying Needs standards the dementia-friendly design includes a large proportion of wheelchair-accessible properties with prominent gables fronting new landscaped amenity spaces by RankinFraser suitable for picnics, planting and gathering.
Outlining their architectural response jmarchitects wrote: "The proposed facing brick outer skin will provide a robust, zero maintenance envelope to the new houses. This in turn offers the potential for beautifully detailed buildings to respect and sit comfortably within their context, without dominating it.
"Expressing corners through the provision of large glazed screens contribute to the creation of truly enjoyable spaces to inhabit whilst providing the potential at ground floor to engage with the street and private garden areas."
Comprising a mix of apartment blocks and terraced houses the properties will make use of 'rumbled' grey/cream brickwork with projecting precast concrete balconies providing interest.
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