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Eastern Scotland
Grampian Housing Association
September 2020
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Affordable rented housing for Aberdeen’s key workers

Robertson delivered new affordable rented apartments Aberdeen for Grampian Housing Association. The apartments are targeted at key workers in the NHS and other public sector organisations.

The project comprises 101 properties (55 two-bedroom and 46 one-bedroom flats) across six blocks, which are a mixture of three and four storeys. The development will be a mix of mid-market rent (58 units) and social rent (43 units). Redeveloping this former NHS site at Foresterhill Court will meet the demand for affordable rented accommodation in Aberdeen well as enhance the local area.

The project was procured through the Scape Major Works Scotland framework, part of the National Construction framework. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions.

Key facts

  • 2858m2 gross internal floor area.
  • Timber frame construction.
  • Render and roughcast finish with cedar feature cladding.
  • Kitchens meet housing for varying needs specifications.
  • Landscaped grounds and an informal courtyard.
  • Associated infrastructure and substation power supply.
  • Designed to assure a sustainable future

The housing has been designed by Halliday Fraser Munro both to enhance the local surroundings as well as with sustainable living at its heart. One parking space is dedicated to a car club vehicle, while two electrical vehicle charging points and a communal external bicycle store for up to 110 bicycles, promoting sustainable travel.

Terminating old and creating new power supplies

As the site was previously owned by NHS Grampian with a dedicated substation to support their infrastructure, it was necessary to first terminate and redirect all the old power supplies.

We then created an entirely new dedicated power supply for this residential development. The works comprised electrical services separation, and the installation of a new substation and switchgear with new high voltage and low voltage cables.

Enabling works also included temporary fencing at the site boundary, demolition of an existing accommodation block and bowling club building and protection of existing trees.

Project team

Architect: Halliday Fraser Munro 
Principal contractor: Robertson Eastern 
Project manager: W.I. Talbot LLP 
Quantity surveyor: W.I. Talbot LLP 
Civil & structural engineer: Fairhurst 
M&E engineer: Cameron Chisholm Dawson Partnership 
Landscaping consultant: Astell Associates