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Castlewell, Ellon


Castlewell is an innovative, award-winning development, with planning secured by our North Scotland division through a public engagement process.

Castlewell is creating a new neighbourhood of 114 homes in the heart of this Aberdeenshire market town, which respects its heritage and character.

The scheme was approved following a highly-collaborative public engagement process which identified and utilised unique opportunities to assist in the delivery of planning permission, when the site had originally been allocated for only 25 homes.

A series of design ‘charrettes’ – intensive planning sessions – brought together the community, stakeholders, local authorities and councillors. The process was commended by local councillors and won a Scottish Award for Quality in Planning. 

Each home is designed to reflect local architectural styles ensuring individuality, design-led living spaces and superb specifications. Feedback from the consultation groups produced wishlists which led to the incorporation of features such as utility rooms in apartments and also the provision of shop/office premises to cater for people working from home.

The land had been privately owned, including the historic Castle Gardens which had fallen into poor condition. As part of the development we are assisting in the creation of a charitable trust to restore the gardens as a heritage site and provide a community asset which the residents of Ellon can enjoy.

Castlewell was judged Development of the Year in the Scottish Home Awards 2014.


Key Statistics

  • GDV: £26.5m
  • Total units: 114
  • Private ASP: £210k
  • Affordable content: 5% (6 units to Castle Gardens Trust)
  • Land source: Private vendor
  • Sales launch: February 2013
  • Development completed: June 2016


  • Winner – Scottish Homes Development of the Year 2014
  • Worked closely with the local community throughout the design process
  • Located less than 20 miles from Aberdeen
  • Development set in leafy woodland, rich in wildlife and local walks