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Broomhall - A New City Quarter
Aerial views of the site from the north and the south-west.
Stirling Developments have acquired land and development rights at Broomhall Estate, the ancestral home of the Earl of Elgin. This area of land, adjoining Dunfermline to the south-west, has been allocated for residential and commercial development in Dunfermline and West Fife's adopted Local Plan. In time, Broomhall will become the home of Dunfermline's New City Quarter.
Stirling Developments discussing the Broomhall masterplan with the landowners, the Bruce Family/the seat of the Bruce Family: Broomhall House .
The Broomhall project has been 100 years in the making.
The current project site at Broomhall was first promoted for development in the early 20th Century - when Town Planners and Officials unveiled their new Grand Plan for Dunfermline. It was a plan that expressed the ambition of the City, with grand boulevards and regal architecture radiating out from the historic centre and reaching out to regional transport links.
The plan was held in such high regard its principal advocate, the Town Clerk, received a Knighthood for his efforts in promoting it. The government safeguarded the land for many years (precluding it from any development that deviated from the masterplan) but unfortunately the two world wars drained the necessary public funding to deliver it.
The original plan covers much of the development area being promoted by Stirling Developments at Broomhall and has informed and provided inspiration for our current masterplan. One that is also influenced by the City’s historic centre, emphasising the qualities and ambitions that Dunfermline has to offer.
A Century later, Broomhall is the only remaining component of the original Grand Plan that can finally deliver the noble ambitions it championed for Dunfermline.
Dunfermline - Scotland's Gateway
At a national level Dunfermline has a strong case for being Scotland’s foremost logistical location; situated in the heart of Scotland.
Most of Scotland’s primary routes and centres of population converge close to Dunfermline. A place where north meets south and the Forth Estuary allows east and west to be at their closest. The nearby Rosyth deep water port has developed into one of Scotland’s most successful European passenger ferry and freight terminals, providing Dunfermline with an international context.
Dunfermline’s outstanding location has the opportunity to be further enhanced by the development of the Queensferry Crossing, which is due for completion in May 2017.
View looking south over the site towards the Queensferry Crossing.
Dunfermline is also located very close to Edinburgh and this relationship will strengthen its inclusion in the Edinburgh City Region Plan.
With its proximity to the Capital and excellent links to the rest of Scotland, Dunfermline should be considered as one of the City Region’s most desirable locations.
Location of Broomhall, in relation to the rest of Dunfermline and nearby communities and major road/rail links.
Dunfermline's Regal History
Dunfermline was the historic capital of Scotland, a status it retained for over 500 years.
Twenty five Kings and Queens have been born or buried here. Dunfermline’s Benedictine Abbey dates back to the 11th century and houses the tombs of St Margaret and King Robert The Bruce. Dunfermline’s Scottish Royal Palace was built by King James IV in 1500 and became a favourite residence for many Scottish Monarchs.
Statue of King Robert the Bruce/stained glass window in Dunfermline Abbey depicting King Malcolm III and Queen Margaret/Dunfermline Abbey.
From his humble upbringing in a weaver’s cottage in Dunfermline Andrew Carnegie went on to conquer the steel business, becoming the world’s richest man and one of its greatest ever philanthropists. The City’s public realm has been enriched by Carnegie’s legacy, which includes Pittencrieff Park and many public buildings.
Andrew Carnegie/Carnegie's birthplace.
Dunfermline’s centre is composed of a historic square mile of architecture which articulates the City’s history and heritage. This diverse and rich urban environment provides Dunfermline with a prestigious legacy and a thought provoking and memorable experience for visitors and tourists.
City Chambers, Dunfermline/Maygate, Dunfermline, with Abbot House on the left.