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Builder partners with agent on ‘ambitious’ £35m housing scheme

Dundas Estates has teamed up with an estate agent expert for the first time to deliver a £35 million development in East Lothian.

The Scottish housebuilder has partnered with property specialist Rettie & Co to convert a disused industrial factory site into 140 contemporary riverside apartments.

The joint venture will see the two independent firms collaborate on the construction and marketing of the £35 million Wireworks development in Musselburgh, situated on the site of a historic wire mill that played a crucial role in Britain’s WWII war effort.


The Livingston-based homebuilder broke ground on the East Lothian development in January, with an off-plan sales launch scheduled for spring.

Dundas says it will build 140 apartments, including 11 affordable homes, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom flats.

“Rettie & Co. is providing their expertise in both historic and newbuild properties to help us construct and market our Wireworks site, which is steeped in Musselburgh’s industrial heritage,” Craig Fairfoull, head of sales and marketing at Dundas Estates, commented.

“From the outset of the project, we’ve felt a sense of responsibility to provide the town with modern, high-quality homes which respect the rich history of the site.

He added: “We’ve used the factory as inspiration in all of our designs, incorporating elements such as durable brickwork, superimposed with more contemporary features.”

Rettie & Co. is a leading independent property specialist in Scotland and the North of England. The firm works across a variety of clients to sell or let properties in Scotland, from city centre flats and premium family homes to rural estates.

Calum Miller, head of new homes at the company, said: “The Wireworks apartments have been meticulously and respectfully designed with the industrial heritage of the site in mind.”

He added: “We believe our expertise across a wide range of historic and new build properties will help Dundas maximise the potential of this site and provide both buyers and the people of Musselburgh with a development to be proud of.”

What’s the history of the site?

Bruntons Wire Mill produced metal parts and equipment from 1876 and played a key part during the Second World War by producing materials and equipment for the aero industry.

The wire mill closed down in the 1990s despite trading throughout the previous decade, with production moving the short distance to the Inveresk Industrial Estate and trading as Bruntons Aero Products.

Through a partnership with Tesco, East Lothian Council and NHS Lothian, Dundas Estates acquired the site after receiving planning permission to regenerate the former Brunton Wireworks site and neighbouring land in 2008.

The firm says it is committed through Section 75 payments to contributing up to £400,000 along with the other partners, to be invested into local schooling and infrastructure.

“We are determined to engage positively with the local community and where possible we will look to use local trades and engage in community events,” Fairfoull said.

“Knowing the heavy investment we will be putting into Musselburgh over the course of construction, we are delighted to be working alongside Rettie & Co. throughout the process.”

Throughout the development electric car charging facilities will be available while car parking spaces will also be found throughout the scheme. In addition, the development will have the capacity to store 140 bicycles in internal and external bikes stores, while private gardens and balconies will also be available in selected plots.


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