Property developer completes purchase of HDL in Dunbar

Ken Ross

PROPERTY developer Ken Ross has acquired Hallhill Developments Ltd (HDL) for an undisclosed sum.

The mixed-use development beside the A1 at Dunbar extends to over 400 acres and includes a range of uses including residential, commercial, retail, recreation, and education.

The development is centred around the five-metre-high sculpture of a brown bear, The DunBear, designed by sculptor Andy Scott, who also designed The Kelpies.

Since starting work on site in 1999, the Hallhill development has resulted in 1,500 homes either built or under construction.

The development is also the location for Dunbar Primary School (primaries 4 to 7), together with playing fields, an Asda supermarket; a garden centre, a hotel, a pub/restaurant, and a McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant.

As part of its commitment to the local community, HDL gifted 15 acres of land, which now hosts the Healthy Living Centre community sports hub. Land was also provided to East Lothian Council to deliver the primary school. In addition, over 50 acres of woodland has been transferred by HDL to the local community Woodland Trust.

Ken Ross from Hallhill Developments Ltd said, “I am delighted to have completed the purchase of the Hallhill Developments Ltd. I am proud to have worked at Dunbar for many years and now look forward to continuing to deliver and complete the works started by the previous owners.

“Hallhill has proven to be highly successful, creating a location where people want to work, live and play. The development provides a superb range of homes, including affordable homes, excellent educational facilities, road infrastructure and sporting facilities.

“By increasing the population of Dunbar through new homes, we have been able to generate the vital investment required to deliver the facilities the community desires, ensuring their continued sustainability.

“I look forward to developing further at Hallhill, delivering a sustainable development that will address climate change and the needs of the community.”