joint venture between Mactaggart & Mickel house-builders and property developers, Buccleuch
Property to officially launch the largest urban expansion project to date in Edinburgh and
Midlothian – Shawfair.
The £200m development aims to revitalise the South East Wedge of the city by creating a new
residential and commercial quarter with around 4,000 new, quality homes, of which approximately
700 will be affordable and one million sq ft of commercial and retail space. The development will
also benefit from the Borders Railway, currently under construction, which will pass through the
centre of Shawfair connecting residents to the heart of the city centre in minutes.
In addition to the residential offering, which will alleviate some of the housing pressures faced in
the future by both Midlothian and City of Edinburgh councils, Shawfair will provide two new primary
schools for up to 800 pupils and a secondary school for 1200. The new residential quarter will also
offer a mix of retail space including a supermarket and generous town centre.
As part of the overall vision for this 15 year+ project, Shawfair LLP intends to deliver a world
leading efficient and intelligent provision of utilities to the development. It aims to identify
innovative, but cost-effective solutions providing homes and businesses with low cost heat and
power, as well as minimising the environmental impact of the new community’s lifestyle
The project will provide a net economic output of around *£32.2 million per annum during
development and £99.9 million per annum thereafter.
Speaking at the event, Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, MSP praised the project for the
positive economic impact Shawfair will bring to the area and beyond.
Commenting she said: “The Scottish Government is committed to doing all that we can to support
infrastructure investment and I am pleased to be here today to launch the Shawfair development.
The venture will boost local employment, create jobs, support skills development and strengthen
Scotland’s infrastructure. The fact that it will be accessible as part of the Borders Rail route will
make the project even more attractive.
“Shawfair is an impressive development with significant benefits to the local economy and
community. Creating nearly 1000 full time jobs during the construction phase and over 4,000 upon
completion, this project will provide countless opportunities, not only for the young apprentices
joining us here today, but for those of the future.”
The joint venture partners have worked closely with Midlothian and City of Edinburgh councils to
ensure the vision became a reality and today’s announcement takes the project one step closer to
the first phase of construction commencing later this year. Shawfair is designed to provide a range
of modern homes to meet the lifestyle needs of young professionals and families in the area over
the next 20 years.
Andrew Mickel, Shawfair LLP said, “The Shawfair project has long been in development. Our
vision is to build a new self –sufficient community supported by a vibrant town centre with public
amenities such as schools and a healthcare centre, transforming the area. We look forward to
working closely with local Councillors and the community to deliver a modern town suited to the
needs of the people of Edinburgh and Midlothian.”
Cllr Owen Thompson, leader, Midlothian Council, said: “As a council we have been very supportive
of the Shawfair vision and look forward to it becoming a reality. As well as housing, this
development will have a considerable number of amenities and facilities which will make it a great
place to live.”