Kingseat is an area of open ground, woodland and amenity
grassland formerly owned by Grampian Healthcare and used as an institution
for general mental health care.
Following the decision to sell the hospital, a design
team was set up by Mansion Construction to progress proposals for
a 'village' adjacent to the newmachar community. The design team
incorporated architects, engineers, planning consultants, quantity
surveyors and economists.
The woodlands were surveyd and different managment
prescriptions assessed, depending on the woodland classification
into screening, amenity or wildlife areas. New roads were designed
to break through tree belts at the least damaging areas. Car parks
and turning areas and new house build proposals were designed around
the existing trees and woodland parameters.
Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDS) was introduced and
working with the engineers, swales and trainage that led water into
the water table, not just piped it into a water course were proposed.
The comprehensive woodland and wildlife assessment
enabled the Kingseat village concept to be environmentally led,
with the result that the planning application was easier to process,
and planning permission achieved.