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National charrette series to come to Aberdeen

A site in Aberdeen will feature as one of three design workshops or 'charrettes' taking place in Scotland during March 2010 as part of the Scottish Government's  Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI) National Charrette Series.

The focus of the charrette will be the Grandhome and Whitestripes site being promoted for development by the Grandhome Trust through Aberdeen City Council's local development plan. The site lies to the north of Aberdeen between Bridge of Don and Dyce.

The charrette will take place between 17 – 23 March 2010 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. It will involve the public, local professionals and project consultants working together to develop a detailed masterplan for the site. It is a hands-on approach where ideas are translated into plans and drawings. The process will be led by Andres Duany, an American architect and urban planner who has extensive experience of designing sustainable, mixed-use communities.

During the week there will be three key sessions as set out below, although it will be open from 10am to 6:30pm most days at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. More information can be found in the Pre-Charrette Briefing.

Event Date Time Location
Opening Presentation 16 March 2010 18:30pm Kings College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen (Map)
Pin-up Presentation 20 March 2010 10:30am Kings College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen (Map)
Closing Presentation 23 March 2010 18:30pm Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (Map)

Those with an interest in the site or the creation of high quality sustainable mixed communities generally are encouraged to attend the event.

The Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan has a clear focus on the need to develop sustainable mixed communities for the future of the area. It identifies the SSCI as one way of helping to make the significant change from what has been developed in recent years. The SSCI charrette has the potential to demonstrate what can be achieved and enable lessons to be learnt by a wide range of stakeholders in the development process.

The SSCI was launched by the Scottish Government in June 2008 to encourage the creation of high quality sustainable communities. It attracted 68 submissions from around the country, including seven from Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. One of these, Grandhome and Whitestripes, was selected as an exemplar project in May 2009.

The National Charrette Series was launched on 1 March 2010 by the Deputy First Minister at an event in Edinburgh.

03 March 2010

SSCI Charrette Series