PROPERTY developer Artisan Real Estate has underlined its belief in the potential of the Scottish market by recruiting a heavy hitter to lead its operations in the country.

David Westwater has been appointed Scottish regional manager for Artisan following a 40-year career in the industry.

Mr Westwater has held senior roles at companies such as Frasers Property UK and Interserve and was most recently development director at Robertson Property.

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He has joined Artisan amid a period of rapid growth for the regeneration specialist in Scotland.

The company is implementing a £140 million investment plan covering what it describes as low carbon city centre residential redevelopments across Edinburgh and Glasgow.

These include the 126-apartment Rowanbank Gardens development on the site of a former care home in the Corstorphine area of Edinburgh.

The company is also working on mixed-use commercial redevelopment projects across Scotland, such as the £80m transformation of the grade A-listed Custom House building in Glasgow overlooking the River Clyde. The development Artisan is working on will feature a four-star, 294-bed Clayton Hotel and a 162-bedroom Adagio Apart-Hotel.

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The company said it had made significant progress in Scotland during the last 12 months, despite the challenges faced during coronavirus lockdowns.

It completed the £250m New Waverley development in Edinburgh’s Old Town last year. This is ready to provide a base for 2,900 civil servants employed by the UK Government.

Chief executive Jaco Jansen, said: “Artisan has an amazing 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.”

Artisan said it has an exciting residential pipeline and is securing opportunities across Scotland’s major city centre areas.