As the first phase of Aberdeen City Council’s new-build social housing programme, the project saw the construction of 85 new homes at three locations across the city. The mission was to create high quality, sustainable and energy efficient 21st century housing which incorporates a degree of flexibility to meet the future needs of tenants. A mixture of two and three-bedroom family properties have been completed in Northfield and Tillydrone in addition to a range of one and two-bedroom homes for varying needs in Cults.
To meet the desired energy efficiency standards, the homes were built using a high specification timber frame build system, delivered by Stewart Milne Timber Systems, and have been designed to integrate five renewable energy sources. These include: air source heat pumps; solar thermal panels; solar photovoltaic cells; mechanical ventilation heat recovery; grey water recycling for the flats; and rain water harvesting for the houses. The completed properties are capable of meeting Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Bill Imlach, managing director of Stewart Milne Construction, said: “With sustainability at the top of the housebuilding agenda and an ever increasing demand for quality public sector housing, the Aberdeen City Council new-build programme has proved itself an industry-leading initiative. The contract required incorporation of several renewable technologies, giving us an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our sustainable building credentials, and our wealth of expertise enabled us to integrate effectively the features into the design and build process.
“We worked very closely with the council throughout the design and build process of the first phase and the project will be a significant addition to our already extensive housing portfolio.”
Aberdeen City Council’s Housing and Environment Convener, Aileen Malone, said: “Our new-build programme is much more than simply constructing much needed homes to help alleviate housing waiting lists and reduce homelessness in the city. These 21st century homes have been built to encourage sustainable communities for the benefit of our citizens now and for future generations.
¬“Everyone involved in the programme must be congratulated as the standard of the build is second to none. It is a first class example of how a local authority can, by working together with an external partner, can meet the demands of its citizens that will be the envy of others.”