Scarborough Muir Group

Rosyth Waterfront development framework ‘too hastily approved’

An aerial view of the proposed 'Queensferry One' development site

An aerial view of the proposed ‘Queensferry One’ development site

The developers behind a £250 million industrial, office, warehousing and leisure development adjacent to the Queensferry Crossing have criticised a new Rosyth development framework for being “too hastily approved”.

Fife Council had been instructed by Scottish Ministers to produce a Rosyth Waterfront Development Framework to co-ordinate the range of sites and uses at the strategic location.  The framework, which was given the green light this week by the South and West Fife Area Committee, covers the 120-acre site in Rosyth known as ‘Queensferry One’, owned by developers in the joint venture Scarborough Muir Group.

However, Scarborough Muir Group has said it is disappointed that the framework was agreed, though the company remains committed to its own development.

William McAlister, property director at Scarborough Muir Group, said: “We believe that a number of fundamental steps had been missed in reaching the stage that a Development Framework was put before the committee, namely the commissioning of a comprehensive development framework master planning exercise and public consultation. Both are standard practices in a development of this scale but our representations to the planning officials were ignored.

“It is one thing to draft a Development Framework in isolation. It is quite another to ensure it is commercially viable and that it has the interests and aspirations of the community, the Council and the majority landowner at heart.

“Despite another setback caused by Fife Council, we remain very much committed to the comprehensive development of Rosyth Waterfront.”

£250m masterplan launched for Rosyth waterfront as Fife ‘opens for business’

Queensferry One AerialScarborough Muir Group has today launched a £250 million development masterplan offering industrial, office, warehousing and leisure space adjacent to the new £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing.

With two new land sales near completion, the ‘Queensferry One’ development spans 120 acres and occupies a south-facing location at Rosyth waterfront with views of all three Forth bridges, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Forth Rail Bridge.

The site will integrate 450,000 sq ft of new offices; 800,000 sq ft of industrial, manufacturing and logistics warehouses; 60,000 sq ft for roadside type uses (such as a service station and food outlets) and a 120 bed budget hotel, all of which reflect the recently adopted new Local Development Plan, FIFEplan. Flexible opportunities exist from land sales to design and build on a lease or freehold basis.

William McAlister, property director of Scarborough Muir Group, said: “The opening of the Queensferry Crossing means that Fife is truly open for business as connectivity issues are addressed. Queensferry One has a unique opportunity to take advantage of this and offers the perfect multi-modal hub, with direct port, rail, motorway and public transport links.

“It is a highly flexible site and benefits from access to a skilled workforce. The masterplan reflects the primarily commercial uses that the site has been allocated for in the new FIFEplan and will provide a stunning setting for businesses looking to relocate, expand or set up. We estimate that 8,000 could be employed when the site is fully developed.”

Land sales for two plots within Queensferry One, extending to five acres, are currently near legal completion. It is also anticipated that two 10,000 sq ft units will be built speculatively.

Alongside Babcock International Group and Forth Ports, Scarborough Muir Group are also supporting an initiative set up by Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise to showcase the enterprise opportunities available at Gateway Rosyth.

(from left)  Charles Hammond, Forth Ports; Craig Watt, Scottish Enterprise; Lindsey Methven, Fife Council; William McAlister, Scarborough Muir Group; Ian Donnelly, Babcock International Group

(from left) Charles Hammond, Forth Ports; Craig Watt, Scottish Enterprise; Lindsey Methven, Fife Council; William McAlister, Scarborough Muir Group; Ian Donnelly, Babcock International Group

Two commercial ports offer businesses a wide range of services, from deep water berthing and stevedoring to extensive lay down space and quayside cranes with large lifting capacities. In addition, up to 71 hectares of prime development land is available around the ports, with design and build packages and development services on offer from a professional and experienced development team.

Councillor Altany Craik, spokesperson for Gateway Rosyth, said: “Gateway Rosyth is perfectly suited to marine, energy, logistics and engineering companies and we want the world to know that it is the ideal place for businesses to locate, invest and prosper.

“There has been significant investment in site infrastructure in recent years to allow for the construction of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and the newly opened Queensferry Crossing. Babcock Rosyth now boasts the UK’s largest non-tidal deep water basin and operates Scotland’s only direct freight ferry service to Europe. I firmly believe that there is no better location for UK businesses with global aspirations or for multinational companies looking to improve their operations.”

Developers submit proposal of application notice for £500m Rosyth waterfront plans

vision_rosythThe Scarborough Muir Group (SMG) has submitted a proposal of application notice to Fife Council to unlock the delivery of its proposed £500 million regeneration of Rosyth waterfront.

First unveiled in November last year, the mixed-used development would cover 120 acres and include five zones in the shadow of the Forth bridges. These would incorporate: a business and employment park; the Rosyth Gateway commercial zone, including a supermarket, leisure centre, restaurants and large stores; shops, cafes, bars, galleries, housing and waterfront gardens.

it is hoped the development will result in the creation of 3,500 new jobs.

Developers said the submission was an important milestone towards delivering the waterfront project and one which will accelerate the regeneration scheme “significantly”.

SMG will now embark on a number of workshop events to consult with the local community to finalise its masterplan.

Following the public consultation, which will take place next month, SMG will then be able to submit a formal planning application before next spring.

SMG director William McAlister said: “We are looking forward to working with the council and the public over the next few months to deliver one of Scotland’s largest brownfield regeneration schemes.

“We are keen to hear the Rosyth and North Queensferry communities’ aspirations for the site as it will be of huge significance for the local and surrounding areas, creating some 3,500 jobs, and completely transforming the landscape around the waterfront.”

Council backing for £500m Rosyth waterfront regeneration plans

forth-bridge-ferryFife Council has signalled its support for a £500 million plan to regenerate Rosyth’s waterfront.

First unveiled in November last year by site owners the Scarborough Muir Group (SMG), the development would cover 120 acres and include five zones in the shadow of the Forth bridges. These would incorporate: a business and employment park; the Rosyth Gateway commercial zone, including a supermarket, leisure centre, restaurants and large stores; shops, cafes, bars, galleries, housing and waterfront gardens.

Mike Shirkie, Labour councillor for the Rosyth ward, said: “Having fought for the past 10 years for the mixed use development of Rosyth Waterfront, I am delighted that common sense has at last prevailed.

“It could not have come at a more opportune time with the announcement of World Heritage status of the Forth Bridge by UNESCO and completion of the Queen’s Crossing next year creating a unique three Bridges site across the Forth.

“Mixed use development of Rosyth Waterfront will provide a fantastic ‘Gateway’ for tourists, create thousands of much needed jobs during the construction and operational phases and finally give access to our people to the Waterfront for the first time in over 100 years.”

Alex Rowley, Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath and former leader of Fife Council said: “I am pleased with the Committee’s decision to accept mixed use waterfront development at Rosyth, with the recent announcement awarding Forth Rail Bridge World Heritage status, I feel the timing of the decision is right for Rosyth.”

SMG, which bought the former Ministry of Defence site in 2004, aims to submit a planning application within months following a consultation process with Fife Council and the public.

SMG director William McAllister said he believes the project would create 3,500 new jobs.

He added: “As one of Scotland’s largest urban regeneration schemes we are pleased to be making good progress as we work towards submitting a planning application.

“The new strategy means that new thinking is required and we look forward to working with council officers to deliver the clear political direction that has been given.”

£500m regeneration plan for Rosyth Waterfront

One of Scotland’s largest urban regeneration schemes has been unveiled with a planned ­­£500 million investment expected to create 3,500 jobs, according to The Scotsman.

The Rosyth Waterfront development in Fife would cover 120 acres and include five zones in the shadow of the Forth bridges. These would incorporate: a business and employment park; the Rosyth Gateway commercial zone, including a supermarket, leisure centre, restaurants and large stores; shops, cafes, bars, galleries, housing and waterfront gardens.

The masterplan was released by site owners, the Scarborough Muir Group (SMG), which said it hoped Rosyth ­Waterfront would become “a place where people feel they belong” and attract visitors from across Scotland.

The company, which bought the former Ministry of Defence site in 2004, is now undertaking a consultation process with Fife Council and the public.

Ronnie Muir, director of SMG, said the site was in a “fantastic setting” which had never been accessible to the public until now.

“We want people to start and grow a business here, to settle and put down roots here. We also want visitors from across Scotland to visit the Waterfront and existing heritage including the bridges and Rosyth Castle throughout the year, to stay longer, to spend more and to return year on year,” Mr Muir said.

“SMG have spent the past ten years remediating the former MoD fuel storage facility, which was used by warships during the last century. The process is almost complete and the site is now ready to be developed and brought into use for the Rosyth public and tourists to enjoy and benefit from.”

He added: “In addition to this, the economic benefit is substantial with the creation of 3,500 new and permanent jobs with some £500m investment.

“Few locations can boast the singular qualities and the immense potential of Rosyth Water­front as a destination and as a sustainable place where life can flourish. A place that is economically thriving, artistically stimulating, environmentally balanced and with a strong sense of identity. In short, a place where people feel they belong.”

However, Alex Rowley, ­Labour MSP for Cowdenbeath and former leader of Fife Council, said the council must act to ensure the site provided long-term sustainable jobs incorporating the port of Rosyth.

Mr Rowley said: “I accept there has been a recession but let’s be cautious. I don’t want to see us run for a few jobs hanging on a retail and housing development at the expense of our future.

“This site is classified as a strategic economic development site and we need to strike a balance between the profits of developers and the long-term sustainability of the port of Rosyth and the surrounding area.

“What we have here is the only deep-water port on the east coast of Scotland. Large out-of-town retail parks can be built any­where but we have something unique here. The council needs to start mapping out how it sees the future development of that site.”