Turner & Townsend to lead consultancy team on Wester Hailes regeneration

THE consultancy team has been named for the project to regenerate the Wester Hailes area.

Turner & Townsend will act as project managers, working with Stallan Brand (architects, lead designer and community engagement), Atelier 10 (building services and sustainability), OOBE (landscape architects) and Goodson Associates (engineering and transportation).

The City of Edinburgh Council said the team will work with the local community to turn their vision into a masterplan for the area.

The Wester Hailes masterplan will look to build on aspirations as set out in the Local Place Plan as well as a number of early action projects that are already underway. These include improvements to existing council homes and estates, delivery of new-build affordable homes at Dumbryden Gardens, early design work for the replacement of the high school, and improvements to Westside Plaza.

Wester Hailes is one of the first communities in Scotland to start to develop its own Local Place Plan following their introduction within the Planning (Scotland) Act in 2019.

City of Edinburgh Council leader, Adam McVey, said, “This is a hugely important project that will offer real opportunities for people in Wester Hailes. The investments which the masterplan sets out will include improvements to existing homes as well as new affordable housing that is so desperately needed in our city, together with employment opportunities and facilities for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the area to prosper.”

James Darrie, director and Edinburgh office leader at Turner & Townsend, added, “From upgrading transport systems to delivering new affordable homes, this much needed regeneration promises to bring transformative long-term benefits to the Wester Hailes area. Our local team will work closely with the community to ensure it becomes the thriving and flourishing neighbourhood that residents want and deserve.”