Work starts on public square at the heart of £1 billion Dundee Waterfront regeneration

Michael Bastow, Dundee City Council; Michael Braiden, Morgan Sindall Construction; Claire Higson, Dundee City Council; and Councillor Mark Flynn, depute convener of Dundee City Council's city development committee.

WORK TO create a new public square and active travel hub at the heart of Dundee Waterfront’s £1 billion renaissance is now underway. Morgan Sindall Construction broke ground on the £6 million project earlier this week, having been appointed by Dundee City Council.

Called Waterfront Place, plans for the site, adjacent to the V&A Museum of Design,

include a landscaped 7,000 square foot ‘urban beach’ surrounded by bench seating and a 2,150 square foot active travel hub offering cycle hire and storage.

The single-storey active travel hub will have a striking design to match the popular neighbouring museum, which has already boosted Scotland’s economy by £75 million since it opened in 2018. Dundee City Council hopes that Waterfront Place will prove popular with local residents, in addition to tourists traversing the UK’s main cycle route – NCN Route 1 – which runs the length of the country and passes through the site.

In addition to illuminated footpaths to encourage all-day usage, there will be soft landscaping including grassed dunes, and hard landscaping comprised mainly of Dutch brick. Plans also include a water feature with pop-up water jets, and an area set aside for a future interactive play park. The council is still finalising designs for this but intends for it to be an area which brings art, technology and play together. 

Stuart Parker, managing director of Morgan Sindall Construction in Scotland, said: “Well-designed public spaces which facilitate active leisure pursuits are an important ingredient in effective urban placemaking.

“Dundee City Council is successfully delivering an ambitious £1 billion regeneration of the waterfront. In doing so, it’s rightfully attracting international interest spanning tourists to inward investors, while also ensuring people in the city can access and benefit from the development. Waterfront Place is integral to the success of the overall scheme and we’re very pleased to be delivering it in partnership with the council.”

Mark Flynn, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “It is great to see things getting underway on this high profile space at the heart of the central waterfront.

“By spring next year when work is completed Waterfront Place will offer an interesting and innovative space right by the estuary for people from the city and visitors of all ages to enjoy.

“This £6 million investment forms the next part of our phased and managed growth at the waterfront and the months and years ahead will see much more to come.

“Waterfront Place will offer a unique leisure space that will absolutely deliver on the initial pledge to enliven the area, act as a magnet for visitors and create a buzz by the Tay.” Construction is expected to complete by the end of spring next year. 

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