OPEN was lead consultant of a multidisciplinary team commissioned to produce a Development Framework and Masterplan for Stoneywood Estate, Aberdeen. The site is close to Aberdeen Airport and is located on the banks of the River Don. It covers 34.96ha with a large proportion of mature and regenerating woodland, is partly within Green Belt and also contains two listed buildings.
Following a thorough review of the existing woodland and historic estate a series of pockets capable of accepting development emerged. OPEN designed a Development Framework, which linked these together in a legible structure with land use, density, open space and drainage proposals for the site. The Masterplan looked at each development block individually, providing a detailed guide for future development.
This approach saw the site, which had no previous residential allocation, secure Planning Permission in Principle for up to 550 homes in 2012 and OPEN have prepared detailed planning applications for architecture, landscape and infrastructure. This involved the re-design of standard house types to ensure they were fitting for the context along with some bespoke design.
Changes in the Aberdeen housing market demanding smaller units provided the opportunity to reassess the southern section of the site to create higher density living. OPEN redesigned this section as a PRS development of 276 flats and 17 townhouses. The design reaches 7 storeys relating to the existing mature tree canopy and includes underground parking ensuring a high quality external environment. Construction on site is largely complete with the majority of homes now occupied.