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Student’s spectacular vision of Peterhead goes on display

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This is one student’s vision of how a north-east port’s quays could be redeveloped to provide waterfront housing.

Andrew Stewart has re-invented Peterhead harbour as a suburban living area.

The 23-year-old plans incorporate traditional fishing cottages into a complex overlooking trawlers berthed at the port.

His work is on display alongside that of architecture students from across the country at Robert Gordon University.

Mr Stewart, of Kinross, said: “Peterhead has experienced decades of residential development that has got progressively further from the town centre.

“This has seen generic communities created on the periphery of the town that has left the centre detrimentally neglected.

“I have tried to re-interpret the density of traditional fishing cottages located throughout the north-east in a way that is appropriate for a waterfront housing development in the 21st century.

“These would be mixed use properties, with the potential for work-live townhouses or executive flats that offer generous living spaces flooded with natural light, creating an environment that people want to live in and that is capable of meeting the needs of modern living.

“The UK has an abundance of unimaginative, poor quality houses that people don’t want to live in but have little other choice, so I was very proud to see that my proposal for an alternative housing typology was seen as a successful alternative.”

Mr Stewart has won the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland’s Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best fifth year student.

But his work is unlikely to be considered in the current regeneration plans for the town.

The local authority’s 4 Towns Report, presented to councillors from Banff, Macduff, Peterhead and Fraserburgh earlier this year, has already outlined proposals to regenerate town centres.

In Peterhead, these include establishing a heritage trail and encouraging the development of retail and food outlets.

Last night, Peterhead councillor Stuart Pratt said of the regeneration project: “Obviously, if you’re going to regenerate the town centre, you’re going to need high quality accommodation.

“We are having discussions on a number of things on regeneration, but I think it’s more long-term.”

All of the students’ work is on public display in the reception of The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Garthdee in Aberdeen until November 18.

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