Ambitious housing programme in Aberdeen

Cheryl Watson
Aberdeen City Council’s provision of new council housing continues as work begins at Summerhill.

We are delighted to announce work has begun on a large-scale programme which will see the creation of 369 high quality homes; leading the way for additional sites which will follow in the years to come.

This forms part of the Scottish government’s commitment, with the announcement of £20m in infrastructure funding in 2016, to unlock housing sites that are of strategic importance, as well as five-year certainty on £130m of housing grant to the local authorities. The current target is to deliver at least 50,000 additional council homes” homes, including 35,000 for social rent, by 2021.

Aberdeen City Council is playing its part, with an ambitious housing programme under way as part of the Aberdeen City Local Housing Strategy 2018-2023. The strategy responds to housing demand and informs the future investment in housing and housing related services across the city. Two thousand additional council homes will be built, in the biggest council house building programme in Aberdeen in more than half a century. 

The Summerhill location has recently started on site, regenerating land which originally housed the former Summerhill Academy, to the west of the city. Eight blocks will be built, providing 369 units, with surrounding infrastructure and landscaping.

Associated regeneration benefits include flood prevention measures for existing homes within the area, increased local employment and training opportunities, together with opportunities for local construction businesses at a time of reduced activity in the private housing development market.

Reduction of fuel poverty, in ways which contribute to meeting climate change targets, is one of the aims of the Council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan. The new homes at Summerhill will therefore use Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

Faithful+Gould has been appointed as the Programme, Project and Principal Designers for the scheme, with Atkins providing Quality Assurance services. Our team is helping deliver quality and sustainable homes, supporting the Council’s innovative approach which is based upon the ‘Building in Quality’ methodology.

Image Copyright: Hypostyle (Project architects)

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