Cost controller appointed for north east’s new town

A cost manager has been appointed for infrastructure development of the first phase of Scotland’s biggest planned new town.
Elsick Development Company (EDC) has appointed Thomson Gray to control costs for the first 235 homes on the 2,000-acre site 10 miles south of Aberdeen.
The firm is now analysing data before the tender for infrastructure works is released within the coming weeks.
The master plan and detailed phase one application for Chapelton, which includes up to 8,000 homes across seven neighbourhoods 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. 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.”
Lord Southesk, director of EDC, added: “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, which employs 20 staff at offices in Edinburgh and Melrose, will work with project manager Turner Townsend.