Steve Dunlop Crosswinds

Crosswind Developments appoints new non-executive director as it moves to next phase of project

20th July 2021

Crosswind Developments, the company behind the development of Elements Edinburgh which would include Scotland’s first dedicated Digital Quarter, has appointed Steve Dunlop as a non-executive director to its Board.

The former Scottish Enterprise chief executive joins the Board as Crosswind begins the next phase of its project to regenerate a 30 ha disused site in West Edinburgh.

Steve became chief executive of Scottish Enterprise in 2018 after six years as chief executive of Scottish Canals. He was previously Director Scotland and Regeneration for British Waterways and Director of Regeneration for Newcastle City Council.

Crosswind chairman Alistair Darling welcomed Steve to Crosswind. “We are delighted Steve is joining us at this important phase of our plan to bring much needed jobs and investment to this strategically important part of Edinburgh. Steve’s experience in terms of planning, economic development and regeneration will be invaluable.”

Elements Edinburgh will develop an area around the decommissioned runway at Edinburgh Airport on the western outskirts of the city delivering 2,500 homes and more than 1M sq. ft of new Grade A commercial space.

BiGGAR Economics estimated the development of Elements Edinburgh will generate 6,600 jobs and boost Scotland’s GVA by £460m per year.

Elements Edinburgh will include a Digital Quarter to help turbo boost Scotland’s technology sector by supporting start-ups, growing digital businesses and global tech firms.

The company has put sustainability and inclusion at the heart of its proposal.

Steve Dunlop joins other experienced non-executive directors Professor Lesley Sawers OBE, the Equalities and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland and former Miller Group managing director Andrew Sutherland.

John Watson, Crosswind chief executive, said he looked forward to gaining the benefit of Steve’s experience and expertise as part of the Crosswind board. “We have remained committed to building Elements Edinburgh during the global pandemic and are now eager to press on with this redevelopment to bring jobs and investment into Scotland as soon as we are able,” he said. “Steve, alongside our other non-executive directors, will help us build the next stage of our plan and with his experience, will help us refine and shape how Elements will look and the part it could play in helping the Scottish economy recover after the global pandemic.”

Steve Dunlop said: “I am delighted to join the Crosswind board at this exciting stage in the development. As we deal fairly with the economic and social impact of the pandemic, I believe Scotland can really benefit from projects of this type which places jobs, technology, sustainability, inclusion and biodiversity at its core.”

Crosswind submitted an application for Elements Edinburgh to City of Edinburgh Council in August 2020. The application is currently being considered by Scottish Government ministers.


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