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Masterplanner sought for Midlothian mixed-use development

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Midlothian Council is recruiting an architect to masterplan a mixed-use redevelopment of two sites in Newtongrange near Dalkeith

The winning team will deliver a ‘comprehensive, detailed and fully costed iterative’ masterplan’ for the two plots, which are expected to host a mix of residential and commercial uses.

The multi-million pound regeneration follows the opening of Scotland’s Borders Railway last year, which has reduced journey times from Newtongrange to central Edinburgh to just 30 minutes.

According to the brief: ‘Midlothian Council is seeking to exploit the opportunity provided by the railway to grow communities and develop commercial opportunities along the Borders Railway corridor.

‘At Stobhill and Lady Victoria Business Centre there is a major opportunity to deliver a sustainable and successful mixed use residential and commercial development adjacent to a variety of existing complementary employment, leisure and tourist facilities. The development will also contribute towards the wider regeneration and development of Midlothian as a whole.’

Located around 12.5km south-east of Edinburgh, the settlement of Newtongrange was Scotland’s largest centre of mining until the closure of local pits in 1981. The area is now home to the National Mining Museum (pictured) which was constructed on the Lady Victoria Colliery near to the masterplanning site 31 years ago.

The train line was originally known as the Waverly Railway, and served Newtongrange until its closure in 1969 as part of the Beeching cuts. The 56.8km route harnesses historic viaducts and tunnels, which have been restored.

The masterplan will transform two plots either side of the A7, delivering new residential, retail, leisure uses, offices, a business incubator and new public realm. Around 25 per cent of the housing will be affordable.

Bidders must have at least £5 million of employer’s liability insurance cover, £5 million of public liability insurance and £5 million worth of professional indemnity insurance.

The deadline for applications is noon, 20 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Tim Higgins
Midlothian Council
Midlothian House
Buccleuch Street
EH22 1DN

Tel: +44 1312707500


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