Winchburgh Developments Ltd (WDL) has been named as a finalist in not one but two categories at The Scottish Property Awards.
WDL has been nominated for both Property Company of the Year and Regeneration Project of the Year at the 2024 Awards, which take place in February and aim to shine a spotlight on the greatest achievements in the built environment across Scotland.
WDL has been nominated for the awards in recognition of its ongoing investment in the area and the significant development milestones it has achieved over the last 12 months. These include:
- The construction and opening of the new motorway junction 1B, which has directly connected Winchburgh to the M9 motorway enabling residents to enjoy significantly shorter commutes to Edinburgh and beyond.
- The completion of new bridge structures over the Edinburgh/Glasgow railway line and the Union Canal.
- The part-funding of a new bus service by Lothian Country Buses linking Winchburgh to Livingston.
- Continued and sustainability-focused regeneration of the 85-acre Auldcathie District Park.
- Completing the sale of a town centre food retail site for a new Sainsbury’s Hub which is set to open in Spring 2024.
- The sale of serviced land on Beatlie Road to Wheatley Group for 81 affordable housing units and apartments for social and mid-market rent.
John Hamilton, CEO of WDL, said: “It is testament to the work of all the team here at Winchburgh Developments Ltd – as well as our valued contractors – that we are ending the year by being nominated for two more prestigious awards. Throughout 2023, significant development has taken place in Winchburgh and we look forward to continuing this in 2024 and beyond. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the local community for their ongoing support in making all these works possible.”
Throughout 2023, WDL expanded its reach and impact within the local community by developing and delivering education programmes with the local schools, collaborating with and providing funding for community groups, and supporting events that connect residents and help build a strong sense of community. The company also championed the case for the benefits that opening a train station in Winchburgh on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line would bring by commissioning an independent impact report by Systra. The report revealed that opening a station in the West Lothian town could remove an estimated 1658 car journeys from roads every day, replacing slow journeys on congested roads with sustainable train journeys to Edinburgh of less than 15 minutes. The station would also support direct benefits to passengers of £2.4m a year and generate at least £3.5m a year in decongestion benefits.
The Scottish Property Awards nominations come at the end of a successful year for the company, which was crowned Most Trusted Land and Property Development Company at The BUILD Awards in August. The Winchburgh Community Growing Group, founded in 2018 and supported by WDL, also won silver for their third year entry into the prestigious Keep Scotland Beautiful Awards. The group was formed after two residents came forward during the consultation for the design of Auldcathie Park and suggested they could help connect and build a community of growers in the rapidly expanding village. Since 2021, the group has operated from a 1.5-acre area within Auldcathie District Park from which they run a busy programme of community workshops, events and initiatives.