£250m masterplan launched for Rosyth waterfront as Fife ‘opens for business’
With two new land sales near completion, the ‘Queensferry One’ development spans 120 acres and occupies a south-facing location at Rosyth waterfront with views of all three Forth bridges, including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Forth Rail Bridge.
The site will integrate 450,000 sq ft of new offices; 800,000 sq ft of industrial, manufacturing and logistics warehouses; 60,000 sq ft for roadside type uses (such as a service station and food outlets) and a 120 bed budget hotel, all of which reflect the recently adopted new Local Development Plan, FIFEplan. Flexible opportunities exist from land sales to design and build on a lease or freehold basis.
William McAlister, property director of Scarborough Muir Group, said: “The opening of the Queensferry Crossing means that Fife is truly open for business as connectivity issues are addressed. Queensferry One has a unique opportunity to take advantage of this and offers the perfect multi-modal hub, with direct port, rail, motorway and public transport links.
“It is a highly flexible site and benefits from access to a skilled workforce. The masterplan reflects the primarily commercial uses that the site has been allocated for in the new FIFEplan and will provide a stunning setting for businesses looking to relocate, expand or set up. We estimate that 8,000 could be employed when the site is fully developed.”
Land sales for two plots within Queensferry One, extending to five acres, are currently near legal completion. It is also anticipated that two 10,000 sq ft units will be built speculatively.
Alongside Babcock International Group and Forth Ports, Scarborough Muir Group are also supporting an initiative set up by Fife Council and Scottish Enterprise to showcase the enterprise opportunities available at Gateway Rosyth.
Two commercial ports offer businesses a wide range of services, from deep water berthing and stevedoring to extensive lay down space and quayside cranes with large lifting capacities. In addition, up to 71 hectares of prime development land is available around the ports, with design and build packages and development services on offer from a professional and experienced development team.
Councillor Altany Craik, spokesperson for Gateway Rosyth, said: “Gateway Rosyth is perfectly suited to marine, energy, logistics and engineering companies and we want the world to know that it is the ideal place for businesses to locate, invest and prosper.
“There has been significant investment in site infrastructure in recent years to allow for the construction of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers and the newly opened Queensferry Crossing. Babcock Rosyth now boasts the UK’s largest non-tidal deep water basin and operates Scotland’s only direct freight ferry service to Europe. I firmly believe that there is no better location for UK businesses with global aspirations or for multinational companies looking to improve their operations.”