Shawfair is the largest urban expansion project to date in Edinburgh and Midlothian which will be built in the south eastern wedge of Edinburgh. The site encompasses 700 acres. and the name Shawfair is derived from a local farm steading.
The £200 million development  will create a new residential and commercial centre with around 4,000 new homes, two primary schools, a secondary school and one million sq ft of commercial and retail space. It is a projected that the development will provide a net economic output of around £32.2 million per annum during development and £99.9 million per annum thereafter.
The Shawfair railway station on the newly created Borders Railway, which is due to be opened in 2015, will connect the new town centre and surrounding area with Edinburgh city centre. The Shawfair project is being delivered by Shawfair LLP, a joint venture between Mactaggart & Mickel and Buccleuch Property. The £200m development of Shawfair, expected to take 15 years, is forecast to provide a projected net economic output of around £32.2 million per annum during development and £99.9 million per annum thereafter.
Upcoming development milestones
- Summer 2014 – Surveyors will be on site at Shawfair to carry out site investigations of the land
- Late 2014 – Land remediation commences.
- Early 2015 - Mactaggart & Mickel will break ground on the first residential sites
- April 2015 – Building work on the wider Shawfair development will begin.
- Late 2015 - Borders Railway link scheduled to complete station at Shawfair 
- Work on Shawfair set to start
- £100m community set for Edinburgh outskirts
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