Masts, Roads & Pipes


Increasingly landowners and occupiers are being approached by utility companies, private individuals and renewable organisations all seeking access over land for various infrastructure projects.  Davidson & Robertson is a specialist in this field and with years of experience and expertise working in the utilities sector we are ideally placed to advise clients on this specialist property area.

An expert working knowledge of the compulsory purchase and compensation legislation and the various utility Parliamentary Acts together with the specialist market knowledge in land values, rentals and utility rates allows the Davidson & Robertson team to provide excellent professional advice in all third party access matters.

The diverse range of work undertaken by the firm includes:-

  • Negotiating acquisition of new utility sites (electricity substations, waste water and drinking water treatment plants, gas governor sites).
  • Liaising with utility companies regarding access over land for new and existing infrastructure including water mains, gas mains, electricity cables, telecommunication cables, agreeing terms of entry and agreeing appropriate compensation settlements.
  • Negotiating heads of terms for new radio base station sites and undertaking rent reviews for existing sites.
  • Compulsory purchase projects including road and railway schemes
  • Negotiating terms for renewable projects including access and electricity connections and noise agreements.
  • Agreeing temporary occupation rights such as site compound areas and temporary working areas.
  • Agreeing appropraite terms of access for carrying out Site Investigation works for a variety of projects including development schemes and utilities.

In recent years, Davidson & Robertson has been heavily involved in some of the largest Infrastructure projects including:-

  • The Borders Railway Project
  • The Forth Replacement Crossing
  • Edinburgh – Glasgow Improvement Project (Railway)
  • M77 Road Scheme
  • Airdrie to Bathgate Railway
  • Stirling Alloa Kincardine Railway Project
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Drinking Water Projects
  • The new Beauly to Denny 400KV overhead line
  • Various electricity tower refurbishment works and pole replacement works across Scotland and the North of England
  • The West Cumbria Water Supply project in North West England (United Utilities)
  • The North West Coast Connections Project in North West England (National Grid)

Our expertise is recognised in this area by RICS as we are a member of the RICS Compulsory Purchase Helpline. This provides 30 minutes free advice for those affected by Airport Expansions, Electricity Pylons, Wind farms, Underground Pipes and Road Schemes, to name but a few of the situations where our knowledge can be of great benefit.

If you think that you may be affected by a scheme of any type then please do not hesitate to contact your local Davidson & Robertson Office to arrange a no-obligation consultation to discuss your requirements.


“Over the last few years we have been involved in several land deals and negotiations; including land sales, windfarm access agreements as well as negotiations with Network Rail and utility companies. We always use Davidson & Robertson as our agents and have always been delighted with both the service we received and with the results they achieved for us”   

Douglas Worrall, Head of Delivery

Central Scotland Green Network Trust

“We predominantly employ D & R to represent us with utility companies for access, wayleave and compensation agreements. Their approach is fair but robust and together with strong negotiating skills underpinned with a breadth of experience consistently yields satisfactory outcomes.”

Mike Eagers, Head of Rural Land Use, Hopetoun Estates

“Davidson & Robertson acted on my behalf overseeing works by a third party. The professional advice and service provided were excellent, keeping me informed of developments and advising on the most appropriate action to protect my position. They understood my expectations and worked to ensure minimal disruption to the farming business by adopting a hands on approach with all parties. I would have no hesitations to approach them again”.

Morag Cockburn, Stirkfield Farm, Scottish Borders


We have been using the services of Davidson & Robertson Rural, specifically Chris Edmunds, for over two years now; initially from their Bathgate Offices and now from their recently opened Cockermouth Office. Davidson & Robertson Rural’s professional and friendly service has proved invaluable given the recent surge in activity from Electricity Northwest Ltd and United Utilities. Chris has been kept busy checking wayleaves, providing contractors with methodology statements and protocols and submitting compensation and disturbance claims on our behalf. His input has undoubtedly saved us valuable time, minimised damage by contractors and ensured we have received fair and ample compensation for crop loss and disturbance.

John C. Farries & Sons.    Stainburn Hall Farm