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Sustainable Housing Competition by Castlehill Housing Association design by by MAST Architects

post updated 13 August 2023

Castlehill Houses, Inverurie

Michael & Sue Thornley Architects, Glasgow + Chap Construction, Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, UK

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

Inverurie Property

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

Sustainable Architecture

Scottish Housing

Contemporary Scottish Property Designs – selection below:

Wooden House

Aberdeenshire Houses

Scottish Capital Building Designs

Contemporary Scottish Capital Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:

Dean Bank Lane Housing
Dean Bank Lane
picture from the architect

Belford Road housing
Belford Road housing
image © Adrian Welch

Eyre Place Housing
Canonmills Apartments
picture from the architect

Fettes Row Housing
St Vincent Place
photograph : Michael Wolchover

Cramond Housing
Cramond houses
image from Richard Murphy Architects

Scottish Parliament

RBS Gogarburn

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