Two senior appointments made by team behind Winchburgh development
The developers of one of the UK’s largest community regeneration projects has made two senior appointments as it gears up for the final delivery of its masterplan.
Winchburgh Developments Ltd, which is the lead organisation for the historic West Lothian mining village, has secured Paul Curran as its commercial manager and Allan Mason as technical manager.
When complete, the development will deliver at least 3,800 homes, improved transport links, employment opportunities, schools and outdoor spaces.
Paul brings over 30 years of knowledge from the construction industry having gained experience with a variety of companies from international blue-chip businesses employing thousands to family-run developers employing a handful of staff. Paul has spent the majority of the last 15 years as pre- and post-construction commercial manager with award-winning private developers and social housing contractors. Among others, Paul has worked at Miller Homes and joins Winchburgh from ENGIE Regeneration.
Paul Curran said: “I’m delighted to join the team at Winchburgh at this crucial stage of the masterplan. It’s great to be involved in such a unique place-making development and am already looking forward to being part of its continued success. Winchburgh is such a collaborative venture with so many committed partners and that’s something that suits my experience perfectly.”
Allan Mason has over 30 years of development engineering experience in the property development sector in a variety of roles with Miller Homes and CALA Homes. In his previous role as technical director at Sweco he was involved for some 13 years in developing the engineering strategy and design for the Winchburgh Masterplan, including the procurement and management of the core utility infrastructure.
Allan said: “I am very pleased to join Winchburgh Development Ltd as technical manager. With a focus on supervision of the various consultants, I am keen to ensure the technical delivery of the development blocks, as well as ensuring the delivery of the utility infrastructure meets the masterplan requirements and that these works are delivered in line with WDL’s business plan.”
John Hamilton, chief executive of Winchburgh Developments Ltd, said: “There’s an incredible momentum about the project now with the marina recently filled, five housebuilders on site and a sixth about to be announced, green shoots in the new district park and a tree planting scheme taking root. It’s going to get even busier soon and I’m very pleased that we’ve got the services of Paul and Allan to make the next period a huge success.”
Winchburgh Developments Ltd has been involved in this project for more than ten years and completed the first phase of the project in 2018 which delivered 588 new homes, the first phase of the new town centre, and expanded local schools.
The second phase began in spring 2019, which will bring further major infrastructure investments including a new M9 motorway junction, 40 acres of business and retail space, new education facilities and local amenities including recreational green spaces, a marina, as well as a further 1,000 homes.
In late 2018, a joint venture was agreed between West Coast Capital and CALA Homes working in partnership with the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council to secure the future of the development.
Winchburgh Developments Limited will continue to oversee the delivery of the masterplan, working closely with West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government.
Spanning 352 hectares, Winchburgh is one of the largest placemaking projects currently underway in the UK delivering new homes, improved transport links, employment opportunities, state-of-the-art schools and stunning new outdoor spaces to the historic village.