A new student development in Aberdeen has become the first of its kind to win a Saltire Housing Design Award.
Powis Place student accommodation in Aberdeen was the first to be presented with the accolade in the 81-year history of the awards at a ceremony held in Edinburgh last night.
Designed by architects Carson and Partners, the 196-room residence also has common, staff and ancillary areas, as well as car parking and a landscaped courtyard.
Judges of the project said: “Powis Place has a confident and sophisticated presence on a challenging corner site at the edge of the city centre. Its residents enjoy outside space both in a protected courtyard and a penthouse terrace with expansive views.
“This is an exceptional project demonstrating how commoditised housing built to a budget can be a significant work of architecture.”
Phase one of the Countesswells development by Optimised Environments Ltd (OPEN) also received recognition in last night’s ceremony.
It was highly commended for the Saltire Innovation in Housing Award for its funding initiative, after it had the support of Aberdeen City Council to enable it to gain a UK Government HM Treasury loan guarantee – the first to be made available for housing purposes.