Countesswells is a new community to the west of Aberdeen which has been planned as a new place, encompassing around 3000 homes and 10 hectares of employment land. Since 2011, OPEN has led a multi-disciplinary team to progress the plans for Countesswells through many planning stages and have been instrumental in the delivery of the masterplan, providing ongoing masterplanning, landscape architecture and architectural design input into detailed planning applications, development briefs and infrastructure plans.
This has included detailed architectural proposals for a number of development plots, ranging from a high-density mixed-use neighbourhood centre to mixed-tenure residential blocks integrating housing association units with private housing areas. OPEN have been instrumental in defining the materiality and character of early phases in order to translate the masterplan vision into reality. Many of these early phases of housing, are largely complete and the first residents moved into the settlement in 2017. The careful consideration of residential spaces and associated public realm have been positively received by new residents who have welcomed the early establishment of a high-quality setting for their new homes. Countesswells received the 2018 RICS Scotland Award for Residential development.
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