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Wed November 25 2020

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Robertson takes control of Glasgow regeneration firm

20 Jan Robertson Group has taken on full ownership of Urban Union, which was originally set up as a joint venture to target regeneration in Glasgow.

Bill Robertson (L) and Neil McKay
Bill Robertson (L) and Neil McKay

Urban Union was established as a 50/50 joint venture in 2011 by Robertson Group and McTaggart Construction with the aim of working in Glasgow. Similar regeneration opportunities followed and Urban Union now delivers housing in key regeneration areas across Scotland. It currently operates two developments in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh and one in Perth. The company is also working in partnership with Robertson and Queens Cross Housing Association delivering a 600-unit mixed tenure development at Hamiltonhill in Glasgow.

Urban Union will continue to operate its own distinct brand and retain its existing staff.

Robertson Group executive chairman Bill Robertson said: “Urban Union has been a very successful joint venture, with a track record in delivering critical regeneration projects to support the demand for high quality, affordable homes for key-workers whilst providing an opportunity for people to join the property ladder in city centre locations. Urban Union will play a key part in the next phase of development at Robertson. 

“The opportunities for Urban Union in Scotland and England are significant, and as the business continues to grow, Robertson Group has the ability to support and meet its aspirations.  With a move towards self-delivery in the coming months, we look forward to welcoming new members to the team and to continuing to deliver first class regeneration projects with considerable community benefits for the areas that we operate in.

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“We have enjoyed our partnership with McTaggart and look forward to the next phase in the further development of Urban Union as it joins the Robertson Group as a wholly owned subsidiary.”

Urban Union managing director Neil McKay said: “Since our inception, Robertson has been a vital partner in our continued growth and success. Now we will be able to build on this relationship as we become a fully-fledged part of the Robertson family. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for the efforts and assistance afforded to us by McTaggart Construction to date.

“We have established a strong brand in the regeneration sector and will continue to operate as Urban Union going forward. At the same time, we will be able to tap into the considerable resources of Robertson, helping us to improve and expand our operations across Scotland.”

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