Buccleuch Property

Shawfair takes important step forward as landmark development comes to market

The Shawfair regeneration project near Edinburgh has reached another important milestone with the launch of a 13-hectare commercially allocated development.

The biggest urban expansion near Edinburgh in modern times, the new town of Shawfair will have 4,000 homes, new schools, community facilities and a new town centre beside the existing Shawfair railway station.

Being built from scratch, the development will be a town of comparable size to Cupar, Dunblane or Linlithgow when completed and is set to secure 6,500 new jobs.

The latest move sees the Whitehill Road commercial development come to market from Shawfair LLP – a partnership between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart & Mickel Homes.

The site is an allocated development site, under the adopted Midlothian Local Development Plan and is outlined for business and general industry use.

The Whitehill Road development site lies to the south of Newcraighall, known locally as Fort Kinnaird – the UK’s second largest retail park. It has a footfall in excess of 13 million people per annum and attracts visitors from across Scotland and the north of England.

Nick Waugh, director at Shawfair LLP, added: “Whitehill Road will be a tremendous catalyst for further growth within this prime commercial area and will provide a landmark location for this northern end of Shawfair. We very much looking forward to starting work on the high quality premises we aim to deliver here.”

Charity secures planning for Leith community wellbeing centre

A charity aiming to tackle poor mental health in Edinburgh has secured planning permission to open a new health and wellbeing centre on Halmyre Street in Leith next year.

Projekt 42 said the community gym and wellness centre will offer a space for locals to come together and enhance their fitness, while also improving their mental wellbeing.

Building on the success of the pilot programme in the New Kirkgate, the charity will run fitness classes, nutrition and food planning workshops, counselling, mindfulness sessions and a fitness academy, which will provide affordable qualifications to young adults in the capital.

Since joining forces with the charity earlier this year, Edinburgh-based Buccleuch Property has already brought together a task force of local property professionals to provide assistance on the project free of charge.

With construction work set to start in Spring 2018, the team is hoping to build on this further and engage with the wider property industry for help in delivering the completion of the community space.

Commenting on the planning consent, Sara Hawkins, founder of Projekt 42, said: “We’re delighted to have received permissions from Edinburgh Council for the new centre on Halmyre Street, and can’t wait to get our teeth into the next stage of the process.

“We know from our temporary site how high the demand is for our facilities, so it’s exciting to be able to get started working on bigger and better plans for our new space.

“It’s thanks to the guidance and support from Buccleuch Property and the professional team, who have so kindly come together to help us turn our vision into a reality, that we’ve got this far, so I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the whole team.”

David Peck, managing director of Buccleuch Property, added: “This truly is a project which will positively impact the local community, and we’re all looking forward to seeing it come to life. As we move forward with the build we will be seeking key materials including everything from portakabins to fixtures and fittings, and would encourage any local building and construction businesses who could help support this project to please get in touch.”

Charity plans purpose built exercise hub in Leith to tackle mental health

Sara Hawkins, Project 42Edinburgh-based charity Projekt 42 has unveiled plans to create a purpose-built community gym and wellness centre in Leith, after gaining the support of local property businesses.

Established by Sara Hawkins following her own battle with mental health, the not-for-profit venture aims to tackle misconceptions about conditions including depression and anxiety, and promote the connection between good mental health and physical fitness.

The proposed gym, which would be built on disused land at Halmyre Street, would host a carefully crafted timetable of fitness classes, guided meditation, life coaching and counselling.

The charity has officially lodged a planning application with the City of Edinburgh Council after receiving pro bono support from Edinburgh based property developers Buccleuch Property, who have brought together a task force of local building experts, engineers and architects, to provide advice and assistance on the project, free of charge.

In 2012, charity founder Sara was diagnosed with PTSD, and unable to access the necessary support quickly, her condition spiralled and she became unable to work or participate in everyday activities. After months of being withdrawn, Sara was gifted a gym membership, and following several failed attempts to even get through the door, she started attending regularly and saw a dramatic improvement in her mental wellbeing.

Sara said: “I was put on a lengthy NHS waiting list and couldn’t find any other kind of support that was suitable or affordable. I started going to the gym and it was a combination of physical exercise, counselling and life coaching, that helped get me back on my feet and facing the world again. A year later I ran my first marathon.

“I thought if it could work for me, it had to work for others and I threw all of my energy in to setting up Projekt 42.”

Under the officially lodged plans, the new bespoke facility will include fitness studios, an indoor cycle studio and classrooms to host workshops including nutrition & food planning, counselling and a fitness academy, which will provide affordable fitness qualifications to young adults in Edinburgh.

Sara said: “Our temporary studio has been a major success and a good first step in realising our vision of creating a sanctuary where people can build happy bodies and strong minds. We now want to reach more people in the community and offer them a safe space to come together, get moving, open up conversations and break down barriers about the mental battles we suffer. Projekt 42 is quite different to conventional gyms in that we encourage people to work together and input in to the class. We don’t use loud music to motivate members – we want class participants to motivate and drive each other.”

David Peck, managing director of Buccleuch Property, said: “We’ve all been really moved by not only Sara’s personal journey, but her drive to improve things for other people. Mental health is such an underdiscussed topic affecting a huge amount of people, and I didn’t have to do much convincing to get a strong team of property businesses on board to help Projekt 42 realise their vision.

“As well as requiring the necessary planning permissions, the charity is also awaiting the outcome of various funding applications, which will be vital in securing the long-term future of the gym. Ahead of the build, we will be seeking key materials such as portable cabin units, solar panels, raw building materials and fixtures and fittings. I’d urge any local businesses who are able to provide materials or support the project, to get in touch and back the creation of an important community facility.”

Buccleuch Property wins two prestigious conservation awards

RESIZE WEBCompleted Restoration Yard CourtyardDeveloper Buccleuch Property has been recognised for its sensitive and effective restoration of Dalkeith Country Park (DCP) after collecting two industry awards.

The multi-million pound redevelopment, which saw the Park’s 17th century Category A listed stableyard transformed in to a luxury retail and leisure destination, received the ‘Regeneration and Conservation Award’ from Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) and the ‘Building Conservation Award’ at RICS Awards, Scotland.

DCP is also in the running to receive the ‘Building Conservation Award’ at RICS Awards national finals in November in London.

Buccleuch Property led extensive repairs and structural alterations of the partially derelict

Category A-listed, William Adam designed stable-block and the Category A listed, William Burn designed Conservatory. Original architectural features were incorporated with contemporary extensions and floor-to-ceiling windows, to provide views across the Park. The works also included the creation of a new adventure playground, Fort Douglas; the preservation and partial restoration of the Orangery which was designed in 1829; and upgrades to the walking and cycling routes.

James Palmer, associate director at Buccleuch Property, said: “We are immensely proud to see our vision of protecting a listed property and encouraging and enhancing public accessibility to the Park and buildings, come to fruition.

“In advance of the project, we carried out extensive research and original methods of construction and materials were used throughout and wherever possible, original features were retained and repaired in exhaustive detail and with carefully sourced, matching materials. We are grateful to Historic Environment Scotland, who monitored and supported the project, providing valuable technical and strategic advice.

“Since the Park’s launch last year, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The local community clearly remembered Dalkeith Country Park as a strong local amenity and we are thrilled to see the Estate reinvigorated and providing local employment and recreational opportunities.”

Dalkeith Country Park beat stiff competition from Dalkeith Corn Exchange and the Botanic Cottage in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to win the prestigious EAA prize, presented at a ceremony in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

More than 35 of Scotland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes were shortlisted by RICS, before the winners were announced at a ceremony in the city’s Sheraton Hotel.

In addition to the two conservation award wins, the DCP was also ‘highly commended’ in the RICS Awards’ tourism and leisure category.

Infrastructure contract signed for Shawfair urban expansion project

Shawfair LLP and Crummock,

Shawfair LLP’s James Palmer (left) with Jim Donaldson from Crummock

The development of the largest urban expansion project in Edinburgh and Midlothian has taken a major step forward with the signing of a multi-million pound infrastructure contract.

The deal, worth over £4 million between Shawfair LLP and Crummock, is for a wide range of infrastructure works that are essential to the ongoing delivery of the new community at Shawfair. These include upgrades to local roads, new street lighting and the construction of new footpaths and cycle-routes.

The announcement comes on the back of the news that Bellway and Miller Homes are to bring forward more than 350 new homes at Danderhall South, with both hoping to be on site and commencing construction this Summer.

Speaking about the deal with Crummock, Nick Waugh, director of Shawfair LLP, said: “This deal is significant for Shawfair, and marks a period of real progress for the project. The creation of new footpaths and cycle routes will significantly improve the linkages throughout Shawfair, making this already well-connected site even better, whilst encouraging active travel that is central to our carefully considered masterplan approach.”

Jim Donaldson, construction director for Crummock, said: “Crummock is proud to be part of this prestigious project, which will be a major economic boost to the area. At peak works, we will be employing around 45 people on site, many of whom live locally. This project will also contribute to us hiring nine apprentices this year.”

The development of the new community at Shawfair, through a joint venture between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart and Mickel, will deliver 4,000 homes, new schools, business spaces and public amenities over the next 20 years.

The development will be built around a thriving town centre and railway station connected by the Borders Railway and providing direct access to the capital in 15 minutes.

Residential-led mixed-use plans lodged in Dalkeith

Salter’s ParkA planning application has been lodged by Buccleuch Property for a residential-led mixed-use development as an extension to Salter’s Park in Dalkeith.

The development, which can be brought forward without undue delay, will comprise up to 400 homes (included 25 per cent affordable housing), as well as commercial uses. Section 75 contributions will serve to enhance the school offering.

The Salter’s Park site has been allocated for employment use in the Midlothian Local Development Plan since 1974 without attracting any market activity.

Residential development will serve to generate the value to allow the 29.5 hectare site to be brought into productive use and ensure that it provides employment opportunities. It also provides an opportunity to deliver new community facilities for the area.

This is something that employment use on its own, for which there has been no interest for the last four decades, is simply unable to deliver. A mixed-use development will allow some measure of employment use on the site to actually take place and also serve to address the current ground conditions through the value created by residential development.

Given its location close to the school campus and local centre, Salter’s Park is an ideal location for sustainable development.

Noting the desire from the local community for some form of community facility, discussions have taken place with Lasswade Athletics Club regarding providing community and changing facilities for the Club. The intention is that this will not just be used by the Club, but can also be used by the local community.

Commenting on the proposals, Steph Rennie, associate at Buccleuch Property, said: “We are delighted to be lodging this planning application for Salter’s Park. The site is currently untenable solely as employment land as the value generated through residential development is required to bring it into productive use for both residential and employment use.

“Not only will development deliver much-needed housing and employment uses, but we have also been working closely with Lasswade Athletics Club to deliver a facility that will be used not only by the Club, but also by the local community.”

Stuart Tait, chairman of Lasswade Athletics Club, said: “We are one of the fastest growing athletics clubs in Scotland but currently have very limited facilities that allow our members to change and meet in.

“Working closely with Buccleuch Property, the council and SportScotland we have explored the potential to deliver a facility neighbouring the track, not only for our use, but also for the local community.”