The Ninewells team has worked closely with award-winning architects PRP, to develop a future-focused plan for both people and place. In its overall vision, Ninewells is designed to embrace and protect the positive features of the landscape and local identity. At the heart of this vision is the ‘green fingers’ concept: a series of green spaces that make a connection with the countryside and act as viewing corridors to the Gog Magog Downs. As well as providing an inspiring backdrop to everyday life, the resulting green areas encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle in a safe, open space.
Landscaping is rich and diverse and enhances the recreational aspect of living here. It is an intrinsic part of the Ninewells story. Areas of grass and wildflowers blend seamlessly with the countryside while other areas have a visual relationship with the urban environment. Another key feature is water; attenuation ponds and swales have been incorporated into the landscaping and their water levels are managed by an ingenious surface drainage system.
The architecture is also inspired by its location. Externally, styles and materials make reference to local buildings, and internally the optimisation of space, views and natural light has been the guiding principle.
As a modern, forward-looking community, Ninewells puts sustainability high on the agenda. All homes are designed with energy efficiency in mind and to achieve levels 3 or 4 on the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes standard by incorporating energy saving features such as well insulated cavity walls and roofs; large windows to maximise solar gain, highly efficient boilers and water efficient sanitary ware, taps and showers. Zoned heating and low energy lighting plus A+ rated appliances are also used, allowing you to reduce your energy consumption. What’s more, the provision of footpaths and cycle paths encourages you to leave your car at home, presenting you with a simple way to improve your carbon footprint.