The vision of Elsick Development Company is to create a place with a strong sense of community. Moving away from most current housing provision, Chapelton will be a self-sufficient town where residents can live, work and play.
The town masterplan proposes a series of neighbourhoods, each with a range of houses, shops, offices, community facilities and schools that combine traditional materials with contemporary features. Show More


The Chapelton masterplan is inspired by the vibrant urban settlements of northeast Scotland, such as Montrose, Stonehaven and St Andrews. Like these historic towns, Chapelton includes many types of traditional homes, in walking distance of attractive parks and community facilities. The town’s seven pedestrian-scaled neighbourhoods are designed to be inherently sustainable, and will be desirable and fulfilling places to … Read More


The initial portion of the town to be developed will include 4,045 homes, within four neighbourhoods: Cairnhill, Chapelton town centre, Wester Cairnhill and Newhall. Each of these neighbourhoods is designed to include basic amenities such as local shops, offices, parks and bus stops. All areas will offer a diverse range of housing types and densities, ranging from flats and … Read More

Design Principles

Andres Duany of Duany Plater-Zyberk (DPZ) designed Chapelton, working alongside a team of local architects and engineers, as well as the Aberdeenshire community through the charrette process. DPZ is the global pioneer of New Urbanism, a movement promoting the development of walkable, mixed-use communities as an alternative to conventional suburban development. DPZ has successfully developed towns around the world using … Read More


Chapelton features homes of northeastern character, designed with contemporary floor plans and features. The Chapelton architects develop all house designs in conjunction with three chosen local and national housebuilders. Spanning a range of sizes and styles, the homes are designed to appeal to a wide variety of residents. Chapelton’s builders include local firms as well as companies with particular experience … Read More