As plans for Chapelton, Scotland’s largest planned town, near Newtonhill, move closer to reality, Elsick Development Company (EDC) has appointed Turner & Townsend to project manage the delivery of the first phase of housing.
Phase 1a will see 802 units and a small high street built at Cairnhill, the first of seven neighbourhoods.
This appointment follows Turner & Townsend’s Project Execution Proposals document, which investigated project delivery.
Turner & Townsend’s team will now develop strategies for the infrastructure construction phase, which will see them working closely with housebuilders and utility providers. The leading global project management and construction consultancy will also manage the appointment of a suitable contractor for the infrastructure works and manage the construction phase.
Speaking of the appointment Lord Southesk, director of EDC, said: “The appointment of Turner & Townsend is an exciting step in the progress of the plans for what will be a vibrant new urban settlement. With finance in place and the further information report submitted we are now firmly focused on the construction phase.
“After significant consultation and planning we expect to be on site early next year. This will allow us to begin meeting Aberdeen’s significant need for high quality housing by 2014.
“With up to 8,000 homes planned in the long term, as well as schools, community facilities and commercial space, Chapelton is set to be a major new Aberdeenshire community.”
Neil McCowan, Director at Turner & Townsend, said: “In this difficult economic climate it is hugely exciting to see such a major community development project bucking the trend and moving forward so confidently, we are delighted to be part of that.”
Final plans were submitted to Aberdeenshire Council at the end of September. The Further Information Report (FIR) is the final stage in the development process and the developers are confident that councilors will be able to review the FIR in the next few months.
For more information visit www.chapeltonofelsick.co.uk.