Published On: Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012

A Slice of the Big Apple in the Countryside

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People looking to escape the stresses of commuting may now have the perfect opportunity to work from home whilst enjoying the pleasures of the countryside, through an innovative property development. Plans have been drawn up by Hamilton-based Banks Property to create a number of ‘live work units’ – a style of living pioneered in New York, within a South Lanarkshire conservation village.

The Wellburn Farm development combines the transatlantic inspired designs with traditional housing, and will be constructed through sustainable architecture utilising a number of renewable energy technologies. The centrepiece of the site would be 59 ‘commuter busting’ live/work units alongside 120 traditional homes.  The live/work units will combine living and working space under one roof, with clear division between the two areas, and separate access points.

Situated within the village of Lesmahagow, Wellburn Farm occupies a pleasant rural location whilst being just 30 minutes away from the bustling urban centre of Glasgow. Wellburn Farm has been cleverly designed to encompass a sense of community through the inclusion of civil spaces and focal hubs, with a bustling high street and shared spaces.

Inspiration has been drawn from successful historic regional towns such as St Andrews and Montrose, with shelter from the climate integral to the layout. The mobile and broadband revolution which allows more people to work remotely has seen the popularity of ‘live work units’ mushroom in recent years, and Lesmahagow is one of the few areas in Scotland that currently enjoys access to new super fast broadband.

Colin Anderson, managing director of Banks Property Developments said: “The number of people working from home is increasing and we believe these ‘live work’ units are the answer.

“Our vision was to create a sustainable community which sits perfectly within the surrounding countryside yet still only a short distance from urban centres. Every process of the design and development has been carried out with the home owner in mind and it is a unique opportunity for families, couples and anyone looking to strike a balance between work and play.

Colin added: “The ‘live work’ units are just one element of the exciting proposals for Wellburn Farm, which reflect a growing demand for all types of flexible, modern and sustainable housing. An important element of our plans is sustainable design and architecture that will use renewable energy technologies and give the development a strong, green character.”

Those interested in live work units can select from two designs of varying size and layout and will be able to easily customise their work areas to suit their needs as internal spaces are left in shell conditions.

If you are interested in purchasing a home on the Wellburn Farm development please contact the Banks Property Team on 0844 209 1515 or email

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Banks Property is part of the Banks Group (, a family firm founded in 1976, which now employs 380 people in the property, renewable energy and mining sectors. The company’s Development with Care approach underpins all its work, driving community consultation and environmental excellence.


It develops land for commercial and residential property development and is committed to creating sustainable communities where people want to live and work, developing sites ranging from less than an acre to more than 300 acres.

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