History of Edzell Air Base and development of Edzell Business Base
Edzell Air Base / RAF Edzell
First founded as an airfield during World War I, RAF Edzell played its biggest role in active service on the outbreak of World War II. A key cog in the UK's defences, it acted as a maintenance facility and at one point was home to some 800 reserve aircraft.
In the intervening years, RAF Edzell acted as a civilian facility and even hosted motor racing events before, in 1960, it became home to the United States Navy – which stayed on-site until its decommissioning and closure in 1996, after more than 50 years near-continuous service.
In 1999 a small settlement of some 150 homes, first built as accommodation for servicemen and women during the base's operational years, became the independent village now known as Edzell Woods.
Today the base and nearby communities, on the border of Aberdeenshire and Angus, remain popular destinations for former men and women who served some of their military service with either the RAF or US Forces.
The site is located only one mile, as the crow flies, from the village of Edzell – around four miles by road, separated as it is from the community by the River North Esk.
Comprising a network of runway and road surfaces, the site was later taken over by local family the Carnegies, who have developed it into the thriving, growing location it is today.
Carnegie Base Services
Carnegie Base Services (CBS) is driving forward the vision for Newesk.
CBS is a sister organisation to the highly successful and well-known family business, Carnegie Fuels, established more than 50 years ago and renowned for its quality service. Delivering a wide range of fuel to home heating customers, farms and commercial properties, the company delivers daily throughout the Mearns, Angus, Perthshire and Fife.
Edzell Business Base
Since being transformed from vacant airfield to business location by Carnegie Base Services, Edzell Air Base has become home to several major industry players, including energy logistics provider Peterson SBS and Carnegie Fuels.
The site has seen more than £6million of investment in less than 10 years, with tenants also putting their own capital into further developing their own on-site facilities.
The base covers 444 acres and features large expanses of open storage and six large warehouses, with planning permission already in place for another 70,000 square-foot warehouse, currently due for construction.
Around 90 people, many living locally, are already employed on the site by about 35 companies including Peterson SBS, Geokey, Hunting and Carnegie Fuels, across 263,000 square feet of office, warehouse and industrial accommodation and 67 acres of open storage.
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