February 1, 2013
Elsick Development Company (EDC) has appointed Thomson Gray to manage costs for the infrastructure development of phase one of Scotland’s largest proposed new town, planned for a 2,000-acre site ten miles south of Aberdeen.
Thomson Gray will manage and control costs for the infrastructure development for the first 235 homes, which could be complete by early next year.
The firm is currently analysing data before the tender for infrastructure works is released. This is expected within the next four to eight weeks.
The masterplan and detailed phase one application for Chapelton, which includes up to 8,000 homes across seven neighborhoods with schools, high streets, community and commercial space, will be considered by Aberdeenshire Council soon.
Stuart Gray, managing director of Thomson Gray, said: “We believe this is the one of the most exciting developments in modern Scotland and to be involved at such an early stage is fantastic.
“The vision for Chapelton is to build housing that will create a community in the proper sense of the word. It will be attractive, functional and well suited to modern life for a variety of people. EDC has the potential to do something that has never been done before.
“Our job is to help realise EDC’s vision by managing the cash flow and ensuring costs are controlled as infrastructure and the first housing is developed.”
Speaking of the appointment Lord Southesk, director of EDC, said: “We are now very close to turning our vision for Chapelton into reality.
“This is a major project, representing an investment of up to £2 billion in the long term. It is therefore vital we manage construction costs from the minute we start on site. Thomson Gray has a fantastic reputation and has worked with some of the leading developers in Scotland. We look forward to working with them over as we search for an infrastructure partner.”
Thomson Gray will work closely with project managers Turner Townsend. The company employs 20 staff between its offices in Edinburgh and Melrose.