Queensferry One becomes key site in Forth Green Freeport

The historic military site is poised to become a hub for Scotland's growing renewable energy sector. Simon McCabe, chief executive at Scarborough Group, said: "Scotland's push towards a net-zero future is accelerating and, with significant renewable energy projects slated for development, the demand for high-quality, strategically-located industrial and logistics space is at an all-time high. "Queensferry One offers unparalleled opportunities for businesses to establish a presence within the Forth Green Freeport, providing a flexible accommodation options tailored to their operational needs."

The naval dockyard started supporting the Royal Navy's operations in the early 1900s, playing a crucial role in shipbuilding throughout both World Wars. In the wake of the declining naval activities, the site adapted to modern industrial economy needs. Scarborough Muir Group (SMG), a joint venture between Scarborough Group International and the Inverkeithing-based Muir Group, has been pivotal in the redevelopment of Queensferry One.

After securing planning permission in 2003, SMG embarked on an ambitious land remediation project. Dame Susan Rice, chair of the Forth Green Freeport. (Image: Supplied) This ambitious project included the challenging task of demolishing a bomb-proof bunker that had stored fuel for naval ships during wartime.

Comprising over one million tonnes of reinforced concrete, it was meticulously broken up using explosives. The resulting material was repurposed as hardcore for various infrastructure projects throughout Fife, showcasing a sustainable approach to redevelopment. The remediation works were completed in early 2023, creating up to 1.2 million square feet of employment space across 120 acres of land.

With special tax site status under the Forth Green Freeport effective from June 12, Queensferry One is positioned to attract companies, particularly in the renewable energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. The venue offers ample development space, and transport links, including rail and motorway connections. Mr McCabe added: "Our focus is on providing a platform where businesses can thrive in a supportive and innovative environment.

"The combination of Queensferry One's rich history, strategic location and freeport benefits creates a compelling case for companies seeking to relocate or expand their operations in Scotland."

The development is projected to result in significant employment opportunities, boosting the local economy and fostering long-term growth.