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Dundee’s Ellengowan regeneration formally opened by family members of Jack Robertson

Posted: March 9, 2023

Close family members of the late Thorntons chair and Hillcrest Enterprises board member, Jack Robertson, attended the formal opening of the Ellengowan regeneration in Dundee, marking the completion of the first phase of the development.

A special event attended by 82 external stakeholders, tenants and staff, was held in Craigie Bowling Club, which sits Adjacent to Ellengowan, to mark the special occasion.

The new development includes Jack Robertson Walk, which commemorates the much-loved and well-known Dundee native, who was instrumental in growing Thorntons into one of the top law firms in Scotland. Mr Robertson’s wife Fiona, son Colin and daughters Linda Keir, Carolyn Brown and Alison Leslie formally opened the pedestrianised thoroughfare on what would have been Mr Robertson’s birthday.

The regeneration, which is being carried out by Campion Homes on behalf of Hillcrest, is replacing 128 old terraced properties that no longer adhere to modern quality and energy efficiency standards, with high quality, modern, energy efficient homes.

The new development offers a range of homes, including apartments, terraced houses, cottage flats and townhouses. The completion of this first phase of the development marks the halfway point in the wider £22 million regeneration project.

Jack Robertson’s wife Fiona (centre), with son Colin and daughters Carolyn, Alison and Linda.


The second phase of the regeneration will begin this summer, starting with the demolition of the old white homes at the bottom of the site, to be replaced with a second phase of modern, energy-efficient homes, bringing the total number of properties at Ellengowan to 130.

The regeneration project aims to retain the welcoming, community feel that Ellengowan residents previously cherished, and offers a range of homes to suit different households.

Colin Robertson, said: “A proud native of Dundee, my father made a huge contribution to the business and wider community in the local area.

“Having this commemorated as part of this landmark development is something very special indeed for everyone who knew him.”

Angela Linton, Hillcrest chief executive, added: “Ellengowan has always been a very special area of Dundee for those who lived there, with a strong sense of community.”

“During the redevelopment, we’ve endeavoured to respect and retain these elements, providing new good quality and energy-efficient homes for tenants to make memories in, and continue that sense of community for many years to come.”

You can view the short film that was produced about Ellengowan’s regeneration by clicking the thumbnail below.