Ashfield Land Limited today announces that it has bought a 64 acre site at Blackdog, five miles north of Aberdeen.

The site has been acquired for a large scale mixed use scheme including business space (office and industrial), retail and leisure.

The site, which is east of the A90 trunk road and on the junction of the new Western Peripheral Route, occupies a prime location on the ‘Energetica corridor’, a 30 mile long development zone stretching from Aberdeen to Peterhead, which is fast becoming a global hub for the energy sector. (See the notes for more details).

The £80 million scheme will extend to approximately 600,000 sq. ft. and will include up to 400,000 sq. ft. of business space, 200,000 sq. ft. of retail and leisure and associated low carbon infrastructure.

A revised Masterplan for this site is currently being developed in partnership with Kirkwood Homes who will take forward the adjacent site which is allocated for 600 residential units. A proposal of application notice has been issued and a planning application will be submitted in early 2016.

Steven McGarva, Director, Ashfield Land said: “Ashfield is thrilled to have secured the site and be working on this development. We look forward to working in partnership with Kirkwood, the Local Authority and other stakeholders to deliver a high quality lifestyle, leisure and, ultimately, a global business location in Aberdeenshire within Europe’s largest offshore oil & gas cluster. Scotland is an area of key strategic importance for Ashfield and this is one of several major developments we are currently working on.”

About the Western Peripheral Route:

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is a major infrastructure development providing a new ring road for Aberdeen. First announced in January 2003, construction began February 2015. It will significantly improve travel in and around Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland.

About the Energetica corridor:

Energetica is a 25 year vision to create an exemplar low carbon, sustainable development corridor that will attract energy organisations and individuals to a natural and built coastal environment.

A global showcase for energy technology development and energy efficiency, Energetica covers a 30 mile stretch that extends from Bridge of Don, North to Peterhead and West to Aberdeen International Airport.

It is becoming a leading destination for innovation, knowledge, learning and skills in current and future energy generation, hosting the companies, organisations and research institutions that will collaborate to meet the world’s energy challenges.

It provides attractive opportunities to invest in business facilities, leisure and housing with unique place-making planning guidance that will deliver energy efficient, high quality housing and communities among the best in the world.