Construction work that will see the delivery of 536 council houses on a 56-acre site at Cloverhill, in the north of Aberdeen, is now underway.
Aberdeen City Council acquired the site in January and secured detailed planning consent for housing last year.
The project forms part of the authority’s ambitious housing programme, and it has appointed property developer HBD as Cloverhill’s development manager.
The site is nestled on the coast between Bridge of Don and Aberdeen Beach, and will feature “gold standard” homes, with a mix of flats, semi-detached and terraced family housing. The development will also include community facilities, retail units and significant green space with play parks and a sports pitch.
Cloverhill is to be developed with sustainability firmly in mind, and so it will not only offer the most energy efficient homes, but it'll play host to a number of electric vehicle charging points, with 25% of the site to be covered from day one, while the infrastructure will be in-built to eventually allow for 100% coverage across the site.
Matt Bellshaw, Director and Head of Region for Scotland at HBD, said: “We’re proud to be working alongside Aberdeen City Council on the delivery of this development that will provide these much-needed homes in a sought-after area of Aberdeen. Cloverhill will help set a new benchmark for high-quality, energy efficient local authority housing. Close to areas of employment with easy access to public transport, Cloverhill will also feature usable open space, landscaping and parkland for the whole community to enjoy, fostering community spirit and promoting sustainability and well-being.”
The first homes are due to be handed over to Aberdeen City Council in summer 2023.
The site was formerly zoned for employment land, and after that, it was due to be brought forward by Cognito Oak – a joint venture involving HBD and local developer, Wraith – for residential development. Planning permission was granted for that in April 2020, but Aberdeen City Council has since acquired the site as part of a procurement exercise to seek suitable developments to meet its housing targets.