New project manager appointed for Countesswells

A new project manager has been appointed to oversee the continued progress of Aberdeen’s Countesswells community.

New project manager appointed for Countesswells

Ryan Swan

Chartered civil engineer, Ryan Swan, will manage the ongoing development of the £800 million town, as plans for its first bus service, new school and neighbourhood centre proceed with pace.

Responsible for overseeing the delivery of the growing 3,000-home community, which is set in extensive green spaces, parkland and high-quality landscaping, Ryan joins the Countesswells team with a diverse range of project management experience.

He has over 12 years’ experience working in public and private development management gained with Balfour Beatty Investments, Robertson Construction Group and Fairhurst. Recent projects include the construction of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s £110m Emergency Care Centre on behalf of the NHS and the delivery of the new £535m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) roads project.

The community is being taken forward by Countesswells Development Limited (CDL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Milne Group.

Alex Goodfellow, group managing director at Stewart Milne Group, said: “With extensive experience of working on both infrastructure and new-builds, Ryan is a welcome addition to our team of passionate experts.

“From the get-go, Countesswells has been an ambitious and unique development for the region and an exemplary project in terms of its funding, master-planning, place-making and delivery. Significant investment, effort and skill has already gone into creating a real sense of community spirit and place within the town.”  

Ryan added: “I’m proud and privileged to be offered the opportunity to build on the progress achieved by the specialist team who have already made Countesswells both unique and award winning.

“As we progress through the second phase of infrastructure works, with more and more residents now moving in, the community is really starting to take shape.

“In recent weeks we’ve handed over the region’s first community orchard to residents and later this month and welcomed the new number 44 bus service to the town. This is a fantastic and exciting time to be joining and I can’t wait to see things progress.”

The new community of Countesswells, which will have 3,000 new homes including 750 affordable, will be phased over 15 years, boosting the local economy and supporting 1,000 construction jobs in the region. Facilities within Countesswells will include a new primary school, due to completed in 2021, as well as a second primary school and academy, healthcare facilities and local business units encompassing retail and leisure.

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