Winchburgh Developments appoints new engineering manager

Drew McAllister

WINCHBURGH Developments Ltd (WDL), which is leading the expansion of the West Lothian mining village, has appointed Drew McAllister as engineering manager.

When complete, the project will deliver at least 3,800 new homes from housebuilders Taylor Wimpey, Bellway, CALA, Barratt, Robertson, and J. Smart & Co. There will also be improved transport links, job opportunities, schools, and outdoor spaces.

Drew joins WDL after 10 years of experience working on the Winchburgh development as a member of the Sweco consulting engineering team. He began working with Sweco as a graduate in 2012 and his involvement on the project has ranged from overseeing earthworks to project manager and civil engineering lead.

He will report to recently appointed technical director Allan Mason – also formerly of Sweco – as the project progresses through a major stage of infrastructure delivery.

Drew McAllister said, “With nearly 10 years’ experience working on the Winchburgh project, it’s fantastic to have joined the WDL team in this crucial year. From supervising earthworks at Block K back in 2012 to civils project manager, my career has developed in tandem with the delivery of the Winchburgh Masterplan. I am looking forward to being part of an already successful team as it continues to grow.”

John Hamilton, chief executive of Winchburgh Developments Ltd, added, “It’s great to have Drew as part of the Winchburgh team now that the project is building such momentum. With six housebuilders on-site, phase 1 of Auldcathie Park open, a major school campus opening this summer and the M9 junction works soon to be underway, Drew’s expertise will be invaluable in making the next period a success.”

Winchburgh Developments Ltd has been involved in this project for over a decade, completing the first phase in 2018 which delivered 588 new homes, the first phase of the new town centre, and expanded local schools. The second phase began in 2019, which will bring a further 1,000 homes.