• Kaitlyn Chatwood

Dundas Estates lay groundwork for new development on WW2 Factory site

Dundas Estates have begun laying the groundwork for a new housing development in Musselburgh, on the site of what was once Bruntons Wire Mill, which was instrumental for building materials for the aero-industry in World War II.


There are plans to build 140 homes on the disused industrial land and turn the old factory site into beautiful, contemporary homes on the riverside. This £35m high-profile development will utilise original features such as brickwork in their design, in order to to bring the history of the land to life and give it a new feel. The development has aptly been named The Wireworks.



The site is situated near the River Esk in the heart of Musselburgh. The Wireworks will feature a range of one, two, and three-bedroom flats across 140 homes, of which 11 are affordable housing. Some flats will have balconies, whilst others will have access to private gardens. For those looking for a green advantage, the development offers the capacity to hold 140 bicycles in internal and external bike sheds, while electric car charging facilities will be available at various points around The Wireworks.


Dundas Estates has made the most of The Wireworks location, as there will be a large central landscaped area which will provide an additional communal heart for its residents, which will allow for privacy and space simultaneously. Nearby, there is a wide range of high-street shops and cafés as well as excellent transport links into Edinburgh.



The new Wireworks development will sit on land with a rich history. In the 1800’s it was also known as Mall Park, which was a ‘breathing space’ for those who worked in the industry – hence the use of a central landscaped centre. Bruntons Wire Mill produced metal parts and equipment from the late 1800’s through to the 1990’s, including materials for the aero-industry when it played a crucial role during the Second World War. The mill continued to trade throughout the 1980’s before it was closed down in the 1990’s when it moved the short distance to Inveresk Industrial Estate.


Craig Fairfoull, Head of Sales & Marketing at Dundas Estates, said: “Our team has analysed the site in detail and have been inspired by the historical importance of the wireworks site, and as such have ensured we draw upon the factory as inspiration in our designs. One such detail is the extensive use of brick work throughout the development. Not only is it durable and lends to a contemporary look, but it draws on the factory’s own design and use of brick. Details such as these are why we feel we have a tremendous responsibility to the site and the people of Musselburgh to deliver high specification homes which we can all be proud of.

Those interested in the new development can contact Rettie & Co. partners and property specialists here. Prices are due to be released soon, with an off-plan sales launch scheduled for later this year.