To mark the near-completion of the first phase of green space development at Countesswells, a special event is being planned for stakeholders and guests to show them the impressive progress over the last 16 months since work began on site in April 2016.
Wondering through the newly created park areas, guests will be able to see first-hand an array of flourishing trees, shrubs, plants and wildflowers - all in keeping with the natural woodland setting that surrounds the site
The main feature of the park is a new babbling burn, which meanders through rock cascades, under bridges, between stepping stones, across a ‘pebble beach’, and alongside pathways bounded by aquatic plants. This has been created within the parkland setting, and designed to promote a bio-diverse and sustainable environment, which will attract and encourage a plethora of insects, birds and local wildlife species to flourish. As much as practically possible, some of the features have been formed using reclaimed stone unearthed from the original site.
One of the largest new communities planned for the city, Countesswells sets new standards for urban design in the north-east of Scotland, blending traditional values and respect for its location with contemporary style and unrivalled amenities, including the extensive green and public spaces.
Glenn Allison, chief executive of Stewart Milne Group, commented: “We have carefully planned the environment and landscape of Countesswells to make it one of the most green and attractive places to live in Aberdeen. As part of the first phase of the development, we have already planted over 500 new trees, created a walled orchard for planting out later this year, and cultivated a variety of wildflower meadows across the site. The new trees will add to the appeal of the woodland areas being created on what is currently low-grade arable land with only one or two species of trees.
“This transformation includes our new Cults Burn park area, which has been completed within this first phase of the development. We look forward to welcoming guests to explore the vast green spaces, which will be enjoyed for many years to come by the Countesswells residents, as well as residents in the wider region.”
More than 4.5 hectares of new, public space and park area is being created at Countesswells, alongside the first streets, pavements and supporting utilities.
Once construction is complete; Countesswells will feature four large parks, the largest of which will be the 11 hectare Cults Burn Park, along with playparks and other green, communal spaces within each neighbourhood.