A £5 million development at the entrance to Kirriemuir promises to create much needed job opportunities for the town.
In what is recognised as one of the largest individual, private investments by a company, Forfar-based Delson Contracts Limited has begun work on the re-development of a 10 acre site at East Muirhead of Logie.
The development has created much sought-after industrial units, with the first unit nearing completion, and already more than 50% is let.
The site, which is ideally located at the end of Maryton, is being developed in the hope of stopping the trend of businesses haemorrhaging out of Kirriemuir in to other Angus towns, and to offer flexible, rentable units for a variety of companies and individuals,
Bruce Stott, managing director of Delson Contracts Limited, is aware of businesses which have already re-located out of town as no suitable accommodation was available.
He said: “These units could be for a joiner needing a workshop, a garden centre, anyone really looking for an industrial unit to let. There was just nothing available. These are design and build, it could be a one acre site, a five acre site, it will be tailor made. We will finance and rent to people. What we have at the moment is 10 acres zoned in the Angus Local Plan for industrial build. But ideally there is a natural extension right down that field - there’s 26 acres in total.”
Another major factor of the development is a through road which will take traffic congestion off the Glamis Road, and in particular, Beechwood Place. Planning permission has also been lodged for four houses on the site of the original farm, owned by Delson. The company has also created an impressive vision, as part of the Angus Local Plan process, for the remainder of the site which includes affordable and supported living housing. The emphasis now is on marketing the industrial units and to make Kirriemuir a viable option for companies, including those serving the oil and gas industry, to re-locate to Kirriemuir. Andrew Dandie of chartered surveyors Graham & Sibbald, said: “There are other industrial estates in Brechin and Forfar but nobody is actually doing anything. This is the only one being built on spec. This is a great opportunity for local businesses.”