Chapelton of Elsick

Grandhome is a 320-hectare urban extension in the city of Aberdeen, designed to follow the Garden Suburb tradition. Located six miles north of
the city centre, the site is owned by
the Grandhome Trust, a family estate which has owned the land for more than 400 years. Turnberry is now working for the Grandhome Trust to deliver the masterplan.

The design of the new community will be entirely neighbourhood-based, meaning that homes will be within walking distance of a range of amenities, including shops, schools and community facilities. All day-to-day needs will be met within a 5-7 minute walk and the connected street pattern means pedestrians and cyclists will be able to freely move without taking circuitous routes. At the heart of the community will be the vibrant town centre, which will have a wide range of offices, shops and cafés designed to serve the wider Bridge of Don area.

Over the long term, Grandhome will include:

• Up to 7,000 houses, located within a network of walkable neighbourhoods; 

• Retail centres in each neighbourhood, likely to include shops, small offices and community buildings; 

• A business park; 

• Up to three primary schools and one secondary school, and associated recreational facilities; 

• A health centre; 

• A network of parks and green spaces for recreational use, including natural woodlands, formal parks, neighbourhood squares and sports pitches;
• A vibrant high street with shops, cafes and restaurants, intended to support the wider Bridge of Don area.
Grandhome’s first phase will include around 500 homes along with parks, some retail and community space, together forming part of the settlement’s first neighbourhood. 
The new community is supported by the Scottish Government, being designated as a ‘Sustainable Community’ under its Initiative of the same name. 

Outline planning permission for the first 4,700 homes and associated town centre has now been secured and work has commenced on the first phase of infrastructure to support house-building partners. 

Turnberry has led the selection process in terms of delivery partners, structuring agreements around delivery, phasing and quality control to ensure the original vision of the Grandhome Trust is maintained. This has entailed working with both regional and national house building partners to alter their approach to design and delivery and scoping the first phase of infrastructure works in support of the strategic programme. First occupations will take place in 2018.