Consulting with the local community has always been a key part of developing the vision for Grandhome.
The SSCI Charrette was an intensive workshop, during which the Grandhome design team worked closely with local residents and statutory consultees to develop the site masterplan. The Charrette was led by renowned masterplanners Duany Plater- Zyberk & Company (DPZ), and comprised an eight-day participative design exercise, translating ideas into plans and drawings, and testing the masterplan as it progressed. The Charrette took place in March 2010 and included three major public meetings and five specialised meetings, with attendees including local residents, Councillors, Aberdeen City Council officers and agencies including Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water, Transport Scotland, NESTRANS , Aberdeen City & Shire Economic Future and Scottish Enterprise. Students from the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University also attended and participated.
At the end of the week, the design team had produced a masterplan alongside analyses of the Aberdeen region, to be used for teaching purposes. These included studies of some of the city’s most distinctive neighbourhoods, such as Footdee, Rosemount and Ferryhill. All of this work was incorporated into the SSCI Charrette Series Report, which was distributed by the Scottish Government.