Work to begin on council housing project in Aberdeen
Work is due to start this month on Aberdeen’s largest council house development in more than a decade.
Aberdeen City Council is set to develop almost 100 new homes at the former Smithfield Primary School site in the Middlefield area of the city.
The extensive development marks a key milestone in the local authority’s objectives to roll out thousands of new, affordable houses in the next two years.
The two-phase scheme is being delivered by CHAP Construction and has been designed by North-east firm Lippe Architects.
It will also include open green spaces with access to a revamped play park opposite the site.
Phase One (Provost Rust Drive) will offer 12 semidetached homes while Phase Two (Smithfield Drive and Clarke Street) will comprise a mix of 30 semidetached properties and 57 one/two bedroom apartments.
Council leader Jenny Laing said: “This flagship project will create contemporary, all-purpose homes for residents in our city who are struggling to meet private rents and who are struggling to find suitable accommodation.
“Our firm commitment to investing in our housing portfolio will not just ensure Aberdeen can offer comfortable, modern homes for those seeking to build lives here, it will also rejuvenate existing communities who will benefit from new infrastructure and the regeneration which accompanies such investment.”
Jim Young, construction director of CHAP Construction, said: “This is a particularly significant project for both CHAP Group and Lippe Architects from several aspects. As long-established local businesses and employers, it carries great significance for our staff.
“However, from the simple perspective that the project will provide a large number of much needed affordable homes in Aberdeen, it is an honour for us to be awarded this construction project.”
Project architect and Lippe Associate, Kirsten Will, added: “As a design team, our solution was to create a new residential development which has open areas for recreation and play, houses which are modern and distinctive externally but reflect the context of the area.
“Most importantly, we are buildings homes with a functional and comfortable internal layout which positively respond to the needs of Aberdeen City Council’s clients.
“We are looking forward to working with Aberdeen City Council on delivering their ambition to lead the way and build economic and sustainable homes in a safe and pleasant environment.”