Project now half complete

Dundee waterfront moves to building design stage

Dundee waterfrontDundee City Council has issued guidance to architects, designers, planners and investors for the buildings that will emerge on the Central Waterfront development.

Most of the infrastructure for the £1 billion regeneration project has been completed ready for a transformation of 240 acres of land along the River Tay.

Dundee Waterfront is split into five distinct zones and the project is now well past the halfway mark, with more than £500m of committed investment.

The guides will provide planning, design and infrastructure guidance for the Central Waterfront area and for each individual site and will steer investors, developers and their advisers in the design of the building projects.

The objective is to encourage sustainable, design-led development that reflects Dundee’s status as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design.

Mike Galloway, executive director of city development with Dundee City Council said: “The guides will help investors gain an understanding of our approach to development, and how they can partner with us as Dundee Waterfront expands.

“Almost all of the sites within the Central Waterfront are owned by Dundee City Council, so we can work in partnership with investors and take a long-term holistic approach to development to get the best for the City. We are also open to joint ventures so would encourage businesses and entrepreneurs to explore potential opportunities with us.”

Craig McLaren, director of the Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland, added: “Dundee Waterfront is one of the most exciting regeneration projects in the UK and the development process will impact upon many generations to come. A clear planning and design framework will be warmly welcomed by the development professionals and will make a major contribution to the success of the project.”

The project is so far going to plan and is on schedule. A number of new buildings are already being developed, including H&H Properties’ residential development, the new railway station and V&A Dundee. A growing number of investment enquiries from businesses and entrepreneurs – many new to the city – is expected to result in a range of new enterprises opening during the next few years.

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