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4 Ruthrieston Crescent


This four storey block of apartments at Ruthrieston Crescent comprises six 2 bedroom flats and a 3 bedroom penthouse on the top floor. The site was formerly occupied by a derelict cottage, and sits between a block of local authority housing on the east side and a 2 storey private house on the west. Existing mature trees line the northern boundary whilst an established pocket park sits to the south of the site which is visible from South Anderson Drive.

The design solution aims to provide a high density of living accommodation within a relatively small space that fits into and responds to the surrounding context. The block consists of a three storey base that mimics the massing of the adjacent council flats to the east but recesses back on the western side to provide room to breathe for the existing private house. On the three storey base sits the upper floor penthouse which recesses back again from the south and west boundaries to provide a balcony space and reduce the potential mass of the block. Bedroom accommodation generally faces on to the private garden behind the block with an attractive, private & treed outlook. Living areas face south overlooking the existing pocket park.

The building uses a mixture of granite, smooth white render and dark grey cladding.

Originally designed as private apartments for sale, the block was subsequently leased as apartments for rent through a serviced apartment company, and was completed in October 2013. It has been very favourably received and received a ‘Mention’ in the Aberdeen Civic society Awards of 2013.


Client: Mr Jim Mills

Design and Construction Team

Mackie Ramsay Taylor
Structural Engineer:
Wright Associates
G&H Properties Ltd