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Prime Four Business Park

Kingswells, Aberdeen, Drum Properties

OPEN is currently engaged in the design and delivery of landscape proposals for the 36ha Prime Four Business Park at Kingswells, Aberdeen. The business park accommodates several company headquarters, a hotel, retail / commercial uses and a nursery.

OPEN has been involved since early design stages, and worked with the lead architects on the ‘Planning Permission in Principle’ (PPiP) application for the masterplan and the various detailed applications for each plot. With the first and second phases of the project now completed, OPEN has a continuing involvement in the development of landscape proposals for the project.

The landscape proposals set the mixed-use development within a green framework of avenues, lawns, ponds, woodland and meadows. This strong landscape framework sets and unifies the various uses at Prime Four including office, retail, hotel, nursery and commercial. The focus for the development is the ‘Four Court’, a multi-use space accommodating retail pavilions and sports facilities within a quality landscape environment that engages with the surrounding ground floor uses. An extensive landscaped park to the north of the development compliments this formal space.

The masterplan has been organised using the geometry of the agricultural field patterns typical of the area, using this to define each plot. Within each defined plot, quality hard and soft landscape materials have been used to set car parking and provide an identifiable point of arrival for the building. Prime Four is aiming for BREEAM accreditation, and OPEN has supported this through the design and delivery of a sustainable, bio diverse landscape setting.