Winchburgh Developments strengthens senior team with double appointment

Paul Curran

WINCHBURGH Developments has made two senior appointments in the shape of Paul Curran as commercial manager and Allan Mason as technical manager.

The developer is the lead organisation for the regeneration of the historic West Lothian mining village which, when complete, will deliver at least 3,800 homes, improved transport links, jobs, schools and outdoor spaces.

Paul Curran has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has spent the majority of the last 15 years as pre- and post-construction commercial manager with private developers and social housing contractors. Among others Paul has worked at Miller Homes and joins Winchburgh from ENGIE Regeneration.

Paul Curran said, “I’m delighted to join the team at Winchburgh at this crucial stage of the masterplan. It’s great to be involved in such a unique place-making development and am already looking forward to being part of its continued success. Winchburgh is such a collaborative venture with so many committed partners and that’s something that suits my experience perfectly.”

Allan Mason, meanwhile, has over 30 years of development engineering experience in the property development sector in a variety of roles with Miller Homes and CALA Homes. In his previous role as technical director at Sweco he was involved for 13 years in developing the engineering strategy and design for the Winchburgh Masterplan, including the procurement and management of the core utility infrastructure.

Allan Mason

He said, “I am very pleased to join Winchburgh Development Ltd as technical manager. With a focus on supervision of the various consultants, I am keen to ensure the technical delivery of the development blocks, as well as ensuring the delivery of the utility infrastructure meets the masterplan requirements and that these works are delivered in line with WDL’s business plan.”

John Hamilton, chief executive of Winchburgh Developments Ltd, added, “There’s an incredible momentum about the project now with the marina recently filled, five housebuilders on site and a sixth about to be announced, green shoots in the new district park and a tree planting scheme taking root. It’s going to get even busier soon and I’m very pleased that we’ve got the services of Paul and Allan to make the next period a huge success.”

Winchburgh Developments has been involved in this project for more than ten years and completed the first phase of the development in 2018, which delivered 588 new homes, the first phase of the new town centre, and expanded local schools.

The second phase began in spring 2019, which will bring further infrastructure investments including a new M9 motorway junction, business and retail space, new education facilities and local amenities including recreational green spaces, a marina, as well as a further 1,000 homes.

In 2018, a joint venture was agreed between West Coast Capital and CALA Homes working in partnership with the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council to secure the future of the development. Winchburgh Developments will continue to oversee the delivery of the masterplan.