Broadford Works Aberdeen Aberdeen, UK
Lying just outside the northern edge of Aberdeen City Centre the Broadford Works site is an important symbol of Aberdeen’s prominent textile history having operated continuously from 1808 to 2004.
The imposing scale and distinct architectural language of industrial buildings, coupled with the defined boundary walls creates a unique urban pattern.
The development sets out to create an urban village within this unique setting and will include the restoration and conservation of the majority of the remaining listed buildings as well as the construction of a number of new buildings. The new buildings have been designed to be in-keeping with the rich industrial character of the site, whilst displaying a contemporary, refined articulation.
The accommodation will include 460 PRS units with associated amenity space, approximately 3500m² of lettable commercial retail and office space and 430 student residential units. A centralised energy centre will provide energy-efficient power across the site and fulfil the ambition for high-quality public realm spaces.
Conceived in connection with the historic function of the textile manufacturing complex the overarching design concept weaves in the textures of hard and soft landscaping across the site. This theme of woven textures establishes a framework for the design of the external spaces and the architecture, to create a strong urban identity which embeds the buildings within the site, referencing the past whilst enhancing the industrial character of the spaces.