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Sustainable Scottish Housing : Inverurie Homes

Sustainable Housing Competition by Castlehill Housing Association

Inverurie Property

Castlehill Houses, Inverurie

Michael & Sue Thornley Architects, Glasgow + Chap Construction, Aberdeen

Castlehill Housing Association Sustainable Scottish Housing MAST, Aberdeenshire
Castlehill housing images by MAST

In October 2001 MAST submitted the winning entry for the Scotland wide Sustainable Housing Competition, promoted by Castlehill Housing Association, for a site at Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. The final scheme of 34 houses was completed in 2004 and has recently won the Chartered Institute of Housing Conference environmental innovation award for 2004. The ‘Envirobuild Award’ recognises innovation in the creation of energy efficient buildings and the use of sustainable materials.
The design concept seeks to create a settlement within the fairly challenging surroundings and achieves this by placing the houses on the perimeter of the site, overlooking a small park and play area.

MAST, Glasgow Sustainable Scottish Housing Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Castlehill housing images by MAST

The scheme grapples with a series of dilemmas that are inherent in achieving sustainable housing within a world where goods and people are transported huge distances. The design move was to create wide frontage plans, to allow cross ventilation, solar gain and flexible internal planning, plus the provision of integrated sunspaces.

The main construction features include low energy double glazed windows, 300mm insulation to walls and roofs, communal heating and prefabricated timber cassettes, the latter being developed in collaboration with a local timber kit manufacturer.

Castlehill Housing Association – Website: www.castlehillha.co.uk
Contractor: Chap Construction

[Aberdeen] Ltd.
Architects: Michael & Sue Thornley Architects (MAST)




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