Following a competitive tendering process, three agents have been appointed to advise on, market and assist in the delivery of the unique commercial opportunities to be created at Countesswells.
FG Burnett, Savills and Shepherds will each be given specific tasks in the development of the new retail and commercial opportunities and will be required to identify and sell these opportunities to potential occupiers.
The development framework for Countesswells sets out several retail, commercial, community and educational facilities in order to create a new town that becomes an attractive destination for living and working.
As well as the first neighbourhood centre, the new Town Centre in the heart of the community will provide retail and commercial opportunities for the firms to bring forward and deliver alongside other community facilities including a health centre and schools.
The appointed firms will also handle enquiries for retail and commercial floorspace as well as development land, which is already attracting interest from occupiers looking to move into the new community.
Design work is now underway on the first neighbourhood centre, which includes plans for a food store, ancillary food, non-food and service retail units. The centre lies towards the northern part of the site, at the junction of the two new access roads to be built, linking the site with the A944. This will be developed within the next two to three year and land at this location has also been earmarked for a potential standalone office development.
Allan McGregor, Countesswells project director, said: “The design and quality of developments will be a key differentiator at Countesswells. Development briefs and Public Realm documents will guide developers on what is expected, including density, scale, design aspirations and a material pallet. This will apply as much to the commercial developments as it does to housing, and together with Aberdeen City Council, we have formed a placemaking team to examine ways in which the commercial elements can work alongside the education, health and other community uses to create an exciting, attractive, integrated and commercially viable town centre.”
Chris Grinyer, managing partner at Shepherds, added: “Countesswells is a carefully masterplanned development, with the extensive landscaping and quality public space providing an exceptional environment for businesses of a varying nature.
“The proximity of the AWPR will also mean the area will enjoy rapid access to the road network serving the North-east, allowing clients, customers and staff short travel times. The available high-speed internet connectivity adds to the offering and we are anticipating strong interest from discerning businesses who very much want to be part of the Countesswells story.”
Dan Smith, director of business space at Savills, added: “We look forward to being able to draw on our extensive UK network and local expertise to help deliver this quality-led development.”
Richard Noble, managing director at FG Burnett, commented: “Countesswells occupies a unique location and will evolve into a successful sustainable community with its own character and identity where people can live, work and play. To play a part in delivering that is exciting.”