New homes snapshot – focus on the city of Aberdeen
Posted 10 December 2015 by Charlotte Page
Aberdeen is set to become one of the most successful regeneration areas in Scotland with the latest vision from its City Council striving to create a sustainable city by 2030. Known as “Shaping Aberdeen,” the latest developments are about more than just the construction of new homes, with the vision setting out to improve community welfare.
The first of five main objectives of Shaping Aberdeen is to be able to deliver residents affordable housing, both for rent and for sale. While house prices in the city have fallen over the past 12 months, as a result of uncertainties from the oil industry, the average price of a property in Aberdeen is approximately £193,800, just below Edinburgh and among the most expensive in Scotland.
By 2020, the annual housebuilding rate in Aberdeen is predicted to be 3,000 units per year. Brownfield sites are expected to contribute 7,000 units towards to the regeneration with a mixture of house types being built in order to appeal to a mass market. There are currently seven designated priority areas across Aberdeen including Middlefield, Cummings Park, Northfield and Tillydrone which will collectively add a further 2,500 new homes.
The regeneration is also helping to improve some of Aberdeen’s existing foundations. Known as Seaton 7, it was announced that this project will refurbish seven multi-storey tower blocks in a two-year regeneration project costing £17.5m. Eamonn McGarvey from Keepmoat, which is working alongside Aberdeen City Council on the project, says: “Over the next couple of years, the delivery of this project will see the energy efficiency of the buildings greatly improved.”
Other goals of “Shaping Aberdeen” include improving city transport by making cross-city connections and access to the airport easier for residents. Another goal is to retain Aberdeen’s successful workforce. Currently, unemployment rates stand at 2% in the city and only 1% in the countryside, making Aberdeen desirable in terms of career opportunities. One new business opportunity arising due to the regeneration is North Dee, a new office and business quarters.
The regeneration expects to create over 11,000 new jobs, adding approximately £290m to the city’s gross annual income. Plans to regenerate the city centre were unanimously approved by Aberdeen city councillors this summer. The proposals include the transformation of Queen Square into a mixed residential quarter and urban green space as well as Castle Hill, which strives to reinvigorate the public square.
It is hoped that these projects across the city will offer residents more than just new buildings but deliver an improved quality of life with the potential for new academic, business and leisure opportunities.
New homes for sale in Aberdeen now or coming soon:
Den of Pitfodels is a collection of properties from Barratt Homes proving to be popular due to their proximity to the historical village of Cult. Within easy access to and from the city centre by bus and by rail, these three-, four- and five- bedroom homes are ideal for the commuter. Starting prices from £299,995 with Help to Buy available.
Overlooking Aberdeen’s golden beach front, the Ocean development from Barratt Homes offers a selection of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Apartment prices begin at £184,995.
Located on the Western side of Aberdeen, Maidencraig is the first phase village by Bancon Homes. The village offers energy-efficient homes consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and villas. This collection of properties is ideally situated within walking distance of two excellent primary schools and various local amenities.
Situated in peaceful grounds, Parklands is the latest release from CALA Homes. These elegant two- and three- bedroom apartments near the West End of Aberdeen start from £278,000. Each apartment has allocated parking and the majority of ground floor apartments are available with a private garden.
Waterton Gardens is the latest addition to the award-winning Stoneywood Estate development by Dandara Homes. Situated close to local facilities, including Aberdeen airport, these four-bedroom homes are spacious, making them ideal for families. Prices still to be confirmed.
Deeside Mews is a selection of 15 luxurious houses and five spacious apartments set in the historic site of The Waterwheel Inn and Murtle Mill. These homes vary in size and layout; however the majority consist of three-bedrooms set over two or three floors with an integral garage. All homes have a large open-plan living area as well as an en suite for the master bedroom. Prices to be announced.