First ‘Gold Standard’ council houses ready for occupation in Aberdeen

L-R: Project manager Hannah Ferguson (Faithful+Gould); councillor Martin Greig; councillor Miranda Radley; and Iain Alexander (senior site manager, Bancon Construction)

THE first new council houses built to the ‘Gold Standard’ in Aberdeen have been completed, the city’s local authority has announced.

The development at Cloverhill in the Bridge of Don will provide 536 homes comprising a mix of flats, cottage flats, and two, three, and four-bedroom houses. The design specification for Gold Standard requires technologies that make homes ‘greener and cheaper to run, enhanced space standards, and increased natural light’.

The first 36 homes have been handed over by main contractor Bancon.

Councillor Miranda Radley, net zero, environmental and transport vice convener, said, “I’m delighted to see the first new council houses built to the Gold Standard complete and ready for our tenants to move into. The vision of the Aberdeen City Council’s housing programme is to create sustainable integrated communities and places by delivering affordable homes designed for life which meet residents’ current and changing needs, while supporting the wellbeing and resilience of tenants.”

Bancon operations director Jamie Tosh added, “We are proud to be playing an integral role in the delivery of such a major affordable housing contract for Aberdeen City Council, and are pleased to show our support for Aberdeen’s drive to net zero. As a company, we aim to build vibrant communities with amenities where residents can thrive, and we hope that Cloverhill will achieve that for many years to come.”

Faithful+Gould, which provides project management, quantity surveying, administration and principal designer services, has been appointed to the Cloverhill project. Director Tom McDougall said, “As we all know there is a huge demand for social housing, and homes of all types across the country right now, so we are acutely aware of the importance of this scheme for Aberdeen City Council, and the value it will bring to these communities for generations.”