Whiteburn - Caerlee Mill
Whiteburn Portfolio: Caerlee Mill, New Build Development, Innerleithen
Bringing New Build Homes to the Scottish Borders
The Caerlee Mill development brought 44 new build homes to the Scottish Borders town of Innerleithen. The development consists of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom houses and cottage flats, each one thoughtfully designed to reflect the spirit of the former mill site. Every detail has been carefully considered – from the roof-scape echoing the sawtooth roof of the former mill buildings, to the use of materials such as slate, zinc, brick and timber cladding which hark back to the site’s industrial past.
Caerlee Mill was designed to create contemporary new homes to suit a variety of owners – families, young couples and retired people alike, to redevelop the derelict site which sits in the heart of the thriving Borders village of Innerleithen.
The development was designed to knit into the streetscape of the Innerleithen conservation area, with narrow roads winding round short terraces of houses, connecting with squares and open spaces. It followed the principals of ‘Designing Streets’ to create a development with character, with reduced dominance of cars. The existing ‘B’ listed mill building is integrated into the design to form the entrance ‘street’ from Damside and a ‘square’ is positioned in front of the mill to form a strong urban space, from which the rest of the development progresses.
The brownfield site’s industrial past is echoed in the sawtooth roof scape and the use of materials associated with the site’s heritage. Roof materials are a mix of slate and zinc. Render, zinc and timber cladding were used to vary the facades and a dark brick was selected in sympathy with the local whinstone and the industrial common bricks used in the old mill buildings.
The development was designed to foster a new community of neighbours and this is already proving successful as reflected by some of our new homeowners in their testimonials.
What People Say About Us
Very happy with everything – we’re delighted. We haven’t anything that we would do differentlyRachel and Gary – Caerlee Mill
We certainly have no qualms in recommending your company. Whiteburn are a super positive company to be dealing with and to buy a home from. The service across the whole of the company, from the sales team, through to the guys on site, has been excellentMike and Joyce – Caerlee Mill
We’re delighted with the new home. The finish is lovelyLea and Roger – Caerlee Mill
I highly recommend for heating/insulation… but also the house being flooded with light. I love the big windows and it’s wonderful to have a really well insulated house and yet not compromise on having big windows, allowing light to flood inKay – Caerlee Mill
Throughout the process the quality of information supplied and standard of service from the whole team at Caerlee Mill has been excellent. We expected a quality home and we’ve not been disappointedJim and Jennifer – Caerlee Mill
We’re so happy with our new home 🙂 The build quality is superb, the storage is excellent and we love that we can see the hills from every one of the great-sized windows. Alan and I particularly like the look and feel of Caerlee Mill because it’s not a typical big, new-build estate. It has a unique style that’s semi-industrial and the house exteriors are all a bit different, which we loveAlan’s Family – Caerlee Mill
In terms of standout features, we love the use of space, the use of natural light is amazing, and the practicality of the layout means every space is maximisedLindsey – Caerlee Mill
My favourite thing in our new home is the kitchen – it is where I seem to spend most of my time! – and it’s finished to such a high standard….I have got to say I love itAlly and Dan – Caerlee Mill
Stand-out features are “The warmth and light. The house is well designed so there’s lots of light coming in. Our main room is north facing and worried it would be a bit dark, but there are plenty windows and lots of light coming inAlistair and Helen – Caerlee Mill
Friendly service with fantastic communication throughout. The finish quality is excellent and the aftercare service has been exceptional.Janette – Ashludie House
I am so pleased with my apartment. From the moment I walked in it had the wow factor. My friends and family all comment on how modern and amazing it looks. I always look forward to getting home to seeing the grand entrance hall and settling down in my open plan living space, looking out my bay window.Karen – Ashludie House
The flat has exceeded expectations in terms of design, quality of fittings and particularly its outstanding vistas in all directions. It has genuinely earned a ‘wow’ response from all our visitors. The development is set in beautifully landscaped grounds and has excellent transport links with key resources within the city. Our contacts with the development company and the contractors at all levels have been both effective and cordial. We are happy to recommend Whiteburn.Ian and Isobel – Parkview, Dundee
Our homes have an EPC high level B standard, with low energy lighting in all fixed outlets, photo voltaic panels on all properties, high performance glazing and doors, with good levels of insulation. Our houses have a dual control heating system for the ground and upper floor.
We visited the local primary school to deliver Health and Safety talks and teach pupils about the history of Caerlee Mill. Latterly, we carried out a STEM workshop with p7 children, where we taught the principles of the Local Development Plan and residential development. We created a fun project for pupils to design their own sustainable development.
We actively engaged with local politicians. The leader of the Scottish Borders Council and the local MP visited the development, with both commenting on our positive contribution to the local community.
Our homeowners up-cycled waste wood from our site to create planters and compost boxes in their gardens.
Our Show Home was furnished using local makers, printers, artists and furniture up-cyclers to show that loved pieces of furniture and local crafts are equally at home in a new build house.
We participated in the the Queens Green Canopy project, planting various indigenous trees on our development, and actively encouraged the children of the Caerlee Mill development to take part.
Whiteburn were awarded Home Builder of the Year – SME by Homes for Scotland in 2022, and Caerlee Mill was a finalist as Development of the Year – Medium, for Phase 2 in the same year. Caerlee Mill Phase 1 won the Homes for Scotland Development of the Year award in 2021.
Scottish Borders Design Awards named Caerlee Mill winner for Placemaking in 2022.
In the 2022 Scottish Home Awards, Caerlee Mill was a finalist for Housing Development of the Year (Small, Private Sale), and finalists in Housebuilder of the Year (Less than 100 units).
In 2021, Caerlee Mill was a finalist for Small Housing Development of the Year (private sale) for phase 1 of the development. Caerlee Mill’s Dow house type was named as a finalist in the Scottish Home awards 2020 for Show Home of the Year.