Housebuilder and estate agent to collaborate on £35m project

A disused industrial factory site in Musselburgh is to be transformed into 140 riverside apartments in a £35 million project.

Housebuilder Dundas Estates will deliver the apartments in collaboration with property specialist, Rettie & Co.

The Livingston-based homebuilder broke ground on the East Lothian development in January, with an off-plan sales launch scheduled for Spring. The apartments will range from one, two and three-bedrooms, with 11 to be affordable homes.

Craig Fairfoull, head of sales & marketing at Dundas Estates, said, “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.

“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.

“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 an independent property specialist in Scotland and the north of England. The firm works across a variety of clients to sell or let quality properties in Scotland.

Calum Miller, head of new homes at Rettie & Co., added, “The Wireworks apartments have been meticulously and respectfully designed with the industrial heritage of the site in mind.

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

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.

Despite trading throughout the 1980’s, the wire mill closed down in the following decade, moving the short distance to the Inveresk Industrial Estate and trading as Bruntons Aero Products.