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Contractor appointed for Chapelton phase one work

September 23 2013

Contractor appointed for Chapelton phase one work
Civil engineers W M Donald have seen off a six strong shortlist to secure an £8m tender for phase one works of Chapelton, Scotland’s largest New Town.

This work will entail construction of new roads, drainage, services and landscaping to support the first tranche of 255 homes to be built on the 2,000 acre site.

Dubbed Cairnhill it will be the first of seven new neighbourhoods to appear on the greenfield site, which will ultimately play host to 8,000 homes, schools, offices and its own High Street.

William Donald, managing director of W M Donald, said: “This is a very exciting project for us to be involved in and we look forward to creating a number of jobs for local people.

“Being on board at the start of such a flagship development is great news for us and we look forward to starting work on the site as soon as possible.”

Lord Southesk, director of Elsick Development Company (EDC), added: “Today’s announcement is a statement of intent that we are moving from the planning to the construction phase. It will be very exciting to see the diggers begin.”

Valued at £2bn Chapelton has been described as the largest new settlement in Scotland for a generation.


Big Chantelle
#1 Posted by Big Chantelle on 24 Sep 2013 at 11:44 AM
Gorgeous! Bravo to all involved. Some proper and attractive urban environments for a change.

For the concrete loving modernist brigade who'll hate this because God forbid it doesn't use wonky angles, zinc cladding and cheap render, you can always go live in that urban utopia of Cumbernauld.
#2 Posted by David on 24 Sep 2013 at 12:14 PM
How d'you know they won't use cheap render?
#3 Posted by Egbert on 24 Sep 2013 at 12:58 PM
Big Chantelle, as someone who's clearly an enthusiast for this sort of thing, can you explain why the assorted architectural features of sometime circa 1820 in particular represent perfection? Why not, say, 1670? Genuinely curious as to why the proponents of 'traditional architecture' always go for a sort of stripped-down Georgian as opposed to any other historical period...
#4 Posted by MS on 24 Sep 2013 at 13:42 PM
Egbert, didn't you see this?

The people have spoken!
#5 Posted by wonky on 25 Sep 2013 at 15:29 PM
This proposal actually terrifies me- Big Chantelle's enthusiasm even more so.
#6 Posted by Stacey on 26 Sep 2013 at 12:41 PM
The most interesting thing to me is that, other than within the profession, there seems to be not the faintest bit of interest in this.

So, a new town, billed as the biggest for a generation, built on greenfield, styled along nineteenth-century lines by American New Urbanist consultants DPZ and developed by aristocratic landowners (Earl of Southesk). It's curious that 21st century society seems to ask absolutely no questions about it...

If it's anything like Knockroon (and it is - same builders) it will be built to a very high quality. Maybe the consensus is that it's better than the usual tesco-land housing estates elsewhere so leave it alone?

I really don't know? I'd be interested to hear what everyone thinks though!

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