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New Queensferry Crossing already having positive impact on commercial and domestic property in the Kingdom 

Hardies Dunfermline office has heralded the opening of the new Queensferry Crossing as an opportunity to create a prime transport and business hub in East Central Scotland. 

Paul Carr, an Associate at Hardies Dunfermline office, said he believed that the forthcoming investment announced late last year by DFDS Seaways and Forth Ports in the Rosyth Zeebrugge ferry route would bring new opportunities from Rosyth, Dunfermline and Dalgety Bay. 

“Fife is strategically placed to benefit from these new transport connections,” he said.  “It looks like the new bridge will be completed sooner than scheduled, which is fantastic news.”

“It’s already having a positive effect on activity in the industrial sector with a 7000 sq ft warehouse property being let at Pitreavie Industrial Estate to a national telecommunications company, with the rental agreed at a comparatively strong £6 per sq ft.  The new bridge was cited as the key factor in the choice of location.”

Mr Carr also cited the importance of a strategic development site to the north of the established Mitchelston Industrial Estate in Kirkcaldy.

“It’s 79 acres, zoned for employment and industrial use and adjacent to the A92 trunk road – a very strong location.  It has the potential to accommodate large strategic relocations as well as cope with the expansion of the existing industrial estate.” 

“We are feeling positive about the next few months, and wait to see who takes this site.”

On the domestic front, Dunfermline continues to have a number of new private house building sites start in earnest bringing more homes to the eastern Expansion area.

“People are buying and selling which is good news for the economy and this particular sector,” said Paul.  Hardies is equally at home in the domestic sector.  We can advise on home improvements; extensions and conversions, valuations, poor workmanship issues and structural concerns.

“There are a great many houses in the Eastern expansion turning their garages into family rooms, for example, or adding space at the back of the properties.  We feel that this too is a growing area for us and clients want companies they can trust.”

“Also in the residential sector, we inspect and value properties on a regular basis for the purpose of providing Home Reports for properties for sale and valuation reports for lenders and private individuals,” he said. 

Hardies celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and serves clients in both the private and public sectors with a complete operation in property and construction development, including property valuation, building and quantity surveying and project management.  The firm also handles the leasing and sale of commercial and industrial buildings; CDM Co-ordination and the provision of Energy Performance Certificates.  Altogether, Hardies employ over 100 members of staff, profession qualified in various disciplines.

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