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Ground Breaking Ceremony at Dalkeith Country Park

Ground Breaking Ceremony at Dalkeith Country Park

27th October, 2014

A sod cutting ceremony took place at Dalkeith Country Park today (Friday) to mark the official start of extensive redevelopment works.

Newly appointed contractors, Taylor and Fraser, joined Iain Herbert, Visitor Services Manager for the Park, to officially break the ground for the first time.

Plans to redevelop the Park, which spans approximately 1,000 acres, were approved by Midlothian Council earlier this year and include a new retail and leisure zone in the Stableyard and fantastic new adventure playground.  There will also be a host of exciting new activity based features, plus upgraded walking and cycling trails throughout the historic Estate, owned by the Duke of Buccleuch.

The redevelopment will provide a range of benefits to the local community, directly creating around 35 new jobs along with a truly first-class visitor hotspot for people of all ages.

Paisley based firm Taylor and Fraser will begin the works with the transformation of the iconic Stableyard area which will offer a quality farm food and retail facility, incorporating a butcher and a bakery, and a café sympathetic to the natural surroundings of the historic venue.

The first phase of the works will involve an internal strip-out and creation of structural openings and renovation works to the iconic Orangerie. Completion is scheduled for 2015.

Iain Herbert, Visitor Services Manager for Dalkeith Country Park, said: “It is exciting to see the redevelopment works for the Park get underway now that Taylor and Fraser has been appointed.

“We are thrilled to support the Midlothian Tourism Action Plan and look forward to driving further visitors to the region – we expect to attract upwards of 250,000 visitors annually.”

Angus MacInnes, Construction Director at Taylor and Fraser, said: “We have considerable experience in construction and building services, and we are delighted to be appointed to work on a project of this nature for such a prestigious client.

“Works will begin in the Stableyard area with downtaking and preservation work as well as roof repairs and external façade repairs”.

Jim Bryant, cabinet member for planning and development, at Midlothian Council, said: “We’re delighted to see the redevelopment project for Dalkeith Country Park begin. Buccleuch has provided great investment for the local area.

“Dalkeith Country Park is a fantastic asset for Midlothian and the local community of Dalkeith. It provides a beautiful spot to enjoy the great outdoors and also attracts many visitors to the area.

“I’d like to congratulate Buccleuch on funding and commencing this work, and wish them every success in completing these wonderful improvements to a much loved outdoor space.”

The Park, located just five miles from Edinburgh city centre, will be modernised in a way that is sympathetic to the style, history and heritage of the current buildings.