Sector: Residential Completion date: August 2020

In partnership with Hillcrest Housing Association, the project will deliver a total of 172 high-quality new apartments for social rent and 35 for mid-market rent. The development supports Aberdeen’s affordable housing aims and is being funded through a Scottish Government grant.

Developing an industrial site

The site – a disused industrial yard – makes this an ambitious development. The accommodation comprises four five-storey blocks and one six storey block, each with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats. The sensitive design from architects Halliday Fraser Munro offers strong street frontages to screen homes from neighbouring industrial land, and private south-facing courtyards.

“The investment is not only transformational for the area and the local community, but also offers significant opportunities for the local supply chain.”

- James Freel, Managing Director, Robertson Partnership Homes

Helping to meet Aberdeen’s housing shortage  

Aberdeen has a shortage of affordable housing and a development on this scale will have a huge impact on the area. The development will provide further housing in the long-established residential area of Tillydrone, Aberdeen. 

There will be a total of five blocks of accommodation along with associated car parking and landscaping which will improve a redundant site adjacent to existing housing.

The mix of one, two and three bedroom flats will look on to the newly created community garden and will have access to the floodlit games area, which is accessed via the tree-lined avenue. This urban development will be faced in a mix of buff brick and metal standing seam.

Improving the experiences of Tillydrone, Aberdeen

Local schools, colleges and universities have benefited from a range of educational visits and activities throughout the course of this development so far. Younger kids have heard about a career in construction whilst University engineering and architecture students have enjoyed informative talks and presentations. Our site team have also enjoyed making a tool bench for Riverbank nursery, whilst donating materials from the site alongside nuts and screws, helping to promote learn through play from an early age.

Engagement with the local community also seen architecture students be given the opportunity to help shape St Machar’s brand-new community garden. The garden design competition got schools, universities and local businesses involved ensuring the garden can be enjoyed by all.

Opportunities for work experience and long-term employment have also seen many local individuals benefit as a direct result of the St Machar development. Alongside this, our site team have also participated in numerous fundraising events raising over £600 for Neo-natal Friends of Anchor and Macmillan Cancer. This involved the waxing of several backs, legs and arms alongside a bake sale.

The impact this had on the local community can been seen through the total number of people reached so far:

Project team

Architect: HFM
Employers Agent: KLM Partnership
Principal contractor: RPH North
Civil & structural engineer: Fairhurst

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