Artisan Real Estate’s commitment to Scotland during the pandemic has been recognised with two prestigious nominations at the upcoming 2021 Scottish Property Awards. The developer has been shortlisted for both the Property Company of the Year and the Business Resilience awards, reflecting Artisan’s continued multi-million investment in pioneering regeneration-based development projects in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Despite the obvious challenges and restrictions imposed on the industry in 2020, Artisan enjoyed significant progress across both the residential and commercial property markets in Scotland. By the close of 2020, the developer invested a total of £400 million in its developments in Scotland – including £300 million in Edinburgh and £100 million in Glasgow.
Welcoming the awards’ nominations, Clive Wilding, Artisan’s Property Director, said: “Artisan has witnessed significant progress across both our commercial and residential portfolios during the past year, and I’m delighted this has been recognised by our industry peers with these two prestigious award nominations. Our relentless drive for development success was not slowed by the pandemic. Rather the lessons learned during lockdown gave the company renewed impetus, inspiration and creativity in its desire to build new progressive communities to suit the requirements of post-pandemic living.
He adds: “Artisan now has an opportunity in Scotland to set a new benchmark for high quality urban regeneration in sensitive city-centre environments – whether it be commercial, residential or mixed-use. Our track record across Scotland has given us a strong understanding of the importance of sustainable low carbon living combined with high quality placemaking, which is at the heart of all Artisan’s developments.”
Artisan is best known in Scotland for its flagship New Waverley scheme, completed in 2019, which transformed 7.5 acres of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town into an award-winning mixed-use development – including the UK Government hub now based at Queen Elizabeth House. Subsequent commercial activity north of the border includes the wholesale transformation of the A-listed Custom House building on Glasgow’s Clydeside into a major mixed-use scheme including two new hotels, and the ownership of another high-profile historic building in Glasgow, the Cotton House.
During the last two years, Artisan has also increasingly invested in stand-out residential development in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Fuelled by a desire to transform brownfield city centre sites into sustainable, contemporary and low carbon homes developments, Artisan has created a progressive residential blueprint which has a timely resonance for post-lockdown living. This has shaped the delivery of the 179-apartment Canonmills Garden development, to the north of Edinburgh’s city centre which is due for completion in spring 2021. Other high-profile residential developments include Rowanbank Gardens in Corstorphine and Abbey Lane in Meadowbank, Edinburgh – both of which were granted planning approval in 2020 with construction starting on site in 2021.
The winners of the 2021 Scottish Property Awards will be revealed on Thursday 25th March at a virtual ceremony hosted from Glasgow.