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Multi-use Dundee Waterfront development preparation works to start

Preparation works on the latest multi-use development at Dundee Waterfront are set to get underway within days.

The work at Yeaman Shore for Our Enterprise will see the development of co-working studio space, apartments to rent, small office suites, retail space and a hub area to meet, eat and drink on the prominent site.

Up to 100 construction jobs will be created during the build period with Studio Dundee supporting 250 jobs and attracting a further 150 posts to the city.

Our Enterprise is an innovative development and regeneration company that engages with local communities and other stakeholders to deliver sustainable projects providing real social and economic returns.

Alan Caldwell of Our Enterprise said: “Studio Dundee is designed to retain graduates in the city and showcase the best of Tayside’s creative talent by offering easily accessible workspace with lots of helpful services built into an affordable, monthly membership.

“There are 117 beautifully designed studio, one and two bedroom apartments to rent along with great communal facilities. There will be a striking retail frontage to showcase the best of Tayside’s creative talent in a development where young entrepreneurs can work, stay and play.”

A planning application for the site, currently in use as a temporary car park, was approved last year.

Lynne Short, convener of Dundee City council’s city development committee, said: “It is worth remembering that while we have parking on the site right now, that is and always was a temporary use of a vacant area created as part of the waterfront masterplan and always intended as a place where we could create jobs and generate income.

“The Studio Dundee, work, play, stay concept being developed on the site will generate more of what the waterfront and the wider city needs in terms of new jobs and economic activity.”

Currently up to 80 cars can use the short stay facility and city council parking chiefs have calculated that the Greenmarket car park has sufficient spare capacity to accommodate all of the demand within two minutes’ walk.

Initially the Yeaman Shore car park will close for site survey works between Sunday February 18 and Friday February 23. The following day half of the spaces will be available until Friday March 2.

The next day it will reopen completely but will close permanently in early summer. Dates for the final closure of the car park will be released as soon as possible.

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Designed by HTA Design, Studio Dundee will focus on establishing and growing creative industries and entrepreneurial talent, developing a new community where entrepreneurs can work, play, learn and build their businesses in an environment that supports and encourages innovation.

Start-ups and growing businesses will have 24/7 access to co-working space, meeting rooms, break-out areas, a technology lab and high capacity broadband wrapped up in an affordable membership plan.

An accelerator programme will nurture fast-growing businesses, and there will be specific support for innovative new retail businesses. A vibrant social life will centre around The Hub – a food and café offering and residents concierge, including access to The Mezzanine, a multi-purpose communal space for events, networking and exhibitions.

Studio Dundee will accommodate 75 entrepreneurs, provide 3719 sq m of ‘urban studios’, 1400 sq m of prime retail space and 117 private rented flats.

Around 60 high growth businesses are expected to be supported by the accelerator programme and 10 new retail and food businesses nurtured by the Hub.

Two ‘significant’ developments given final approval in Dundee

Our Enterprise Studio Dundee 2Dundee City Council has granted planning permission to a new Regional Performance Centre for Sport and a business hub comprising co-working space, retail units and rented apartments.

Set for a site in the city’s Caird Park, the sports venue will be a hub building with 8-court sports hall, changing accommodation, performance suite, sports science suite, admin accommodation, café and conference facilities.

The development will also include a full size indoor 3G football pitch, full size outdoor 3G rugby and football pitch, a grass community football pitch, an upgraded athletics track, indoor athletics training building, an upgraded velodrome, an energy centre and on-site car parking.

An application to build the centre was submitted in July last year with councillors recommended to approve the application in November.

Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport2However the proposal was withdrawn from the committee agenda at the last-minute after objectors requested a pre-determination hearing.

The Scottish Government then ordered a full environmental impact assessment be carried out on the Caird Park site in December, with Dundee FC, who were considering using the centre for training, pulling out days later.

In June of this year, the Scottish Government wrote to the council changing their mind, telling the local authority they would not require a full environmental impact assessment.

Known as ‘Studio Dundee’, the £20 million business hub project proposes to create “state-of-the-art co-working space” for entrepreneurs and a “business accelerator unit” which will provide direct support to companies using the space.

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As well as offering space for business start-ups and designers, the plans include proposals for 116 apartments in a mix of sizes with on-site management and use of the Studio Dundee communal space, offering lounges, café, bar and amenity areas, including outdoor terrace space.

The project has been developed by Our Enterprise in conjunction with HTA Design.

Council leader John Alexander said: “I am delighted that after some interesting, well researched and well made deputations and a vote, the very well chaired planning committee gave its unanimous support to two significant developments, representing​ a multi-million pound investment in Dundee’s future.”

He added: “These two developments, amongst others, show the city’s continuing drive to invest, diversify and improve the local economy, facilities and its reputation.”

£20m Dundee creative business hub recommended for approval

Our Enterprise Studio DundeeCouncillors have been asked to approve plans for a new business hub comprising co-working space, retail units and rented apartments in Dundee city centre.

Known as Studio Dundee, the £20 million project proposes to create “state-of-the-art co-working space” for entrepreneurs and a “business accelerator unit” which will provide direct support to companies using the space.

As well as offering space for business start-ups and designers, the plans include proposals for 116 apartments in a mix of sizes with on-site management and use of the Studio Dundee communal space, offering lounges, café, bar and amenity areas, including outdoor terrace space.

The project has been developed by Our Enterprise in conjunction with HTA Design.

Dundee City Council argues the proposals “will provide a high quality mixed use development to support the role of the V&A and the central waterfront”.

A report prepared by the administration said: “The proposals are a unique concept to the city with a live, work and play ethos behind them which seek to create a new community.

“The proposals will play an important supporting role in the development of the central waterfront, stimulating the regeneration of the area and providing facilities which will support the economy of the city.”

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Daniel Shanahan, project architect at HTA design, said feedback from the local community regarding the plans has been “really positive”.

He said: “We want the development to fit in with the waterfront development.

“We are very aware of how beautiful the Malmaison building is and we are conscious of making sure our building does not detract from it.

“Studio Dundee will offer opportunities for developing businesses to rent ‘hot desk’ space on a monthly basis, and will be the first office space of its kind in Dundee.

“Hot desk office space has proved hugely popular in cities such as London and we believe there is a really strong will for it in Dundee.

“So far the response to the public consultation has been really positive, and the responses will be used to help toward the development.”

The plans will be presented to councillors on Monday.

Detailed plans submitted for £20m Dundee Waterfront mixed use development

Our Enterprise DundeeDeveloper Our Enterprise has fleshed out proposals for its £20 million project at Dundee Waterfront.

Under the plans, developed in conjunction with HTA Design, plot 2 of the central Waterfront area will be split into three parts designed to attract new businesses and entrepreneurs to the city comprising co-working space, known as Studio Dundee; retail units, a cafe and urban offices as well as rented apartments. 

Our Enterprise Dundee 2The site, which currently hosts a council car park, sits just yards from the Malmaison hotel and the new railway station concourse and hotel being developed by Balfour Beatty.

Targeting start-up businesses, the ‘urban offices’ will sit alongside 117 professionally-managed apartments.

Outlining their design approach HTA said that they were pursuing “simple gridded masonry elevations” inspired by a new wave of London developments and will extend existing landscaping on Union Street and Marketgait down through the application site.

Our Enterprise said Studio Dundee would become a home for a “new community of creative talent at the heart of Dundee’s Waterfront”.

The firm said in a statement: “Meeting the city council’s vision for Waterfront sites, it (Studio Dundee) will retain graduates in the city, attract young businesses, nurture entrepreneurial talent and showcase the best of Tayside’s design-led talent.”

Our Enterprise added: “The key to the success of the Studio Dundee model is the range of 24/7 accessible, flexible membership levels, services and facilities offered to young entrepreneurs.

“This, along with the 117 build-to-rent apartments and Studio Dundee hub with a lively programme of events and food offering, make this a unique offering in Scotland.”

Architects appointed to £27m housing association framework

HG_P207Home Group has appointed 14 architects to a £27 million framework to support plans to build 10,000 new homes of all tenures during the next five years.

The appointments will see the affordable housing developer work with some of the most highly renowned and decorated architecture practices in the UK.

The four-year framework has been divided into five sections which mainly focus on London and the regions. A non-geographic Masterplanning section will focus on large scale regeneration and new build projects.

In Scotland, Home Group will work with Anderson Bell Christie, Squires Barnett, P+HS Architects, John Thompson & Partners, PCKO Architects, HTA and ID Partnership.

Each of the successful architects have been selected because they’ve been able to demonstrate a commitment to design excellence and constructing homes which reflect the local heritage and landscape in which they will be built.

Liz Gibney, Home Group’s head of place, said: “We’re looking forward to working with each and every one of these successful practices. Some we already have existing relationships with and for others we’re keen to see what they can offer.

“Home Group has committed itself to producing homes of the highest design quality for all of our customers regardless of tenure.

“To do this we have undergone a lengthy process where we’ve invited architects from throughout the UK to tell us about how they will be able to help us meet our ambitions of providing some of the best quality homes in the country for all of our customers.

“Each practice which has been selected made the final cut because they were able to demonstrate to us that they shared our vision of creating homes which are design led and communities which work for all who live there.”

The successful practices are:

Masterplanning

John Thompson and Partners, Farrells, HTA, Levitt Bernstein and Id Partnership.

North East and Yorkshire

Squires Barnett, P+HS Architects, PCKO Architects, John Thompson & Partners, HTA, ID Partnership, Brewster Bye Architects

Cumbria and Scotland

Anderson Bell Christie, Squires Barnett, P+HS Architects, John Thompson & Partners, PCKO Architects, HTA, ID Partnership

London

John Thompson & Partners, HTA, EPR Architects LTD, Farrells, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Stock Woolstencroft, Levitt Bernstein Associates

South East and South West

John Thompson & Partners, HTA, Farrells, EPR Architects lTD, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Levitt Bernstien Associates, Lee Evans Partnership LLP

HTA Design moves Edinburgh presence to Bridgeside House

Bridgeside House

Multi-disciplinary design practice, HTA Design LLP, is relocating its Edinburgh office to Bridgeside House at 97-99 McDonald Road, in a deal brokered by joint agents Knight Frank and Montagu Evans.

Relocating from Slaters Steps, the design agency, which specialises in architectural design, regeneration, landscape design, and planning, will occupy 3,699 sq. ft. of the modern office development.

Bridgeside House, one mile from Princes Street and within walking distance of St Andrew’s Square, is already home to corporate travel company, Colpitts World Travel.

The building, a development by J. Smart & Co. (Contractors) PLC, comprises a modern open-plan office, with suites ranging from 2,088 sq. ft. up to 18,656 sq. ft. offering high-quality finishes and specification throughout, and secure car parking.

Duncan Tait at J. Smart & Co. (Contractors) PLC said: “The level of occupier enquiries at Bridgeside House has improved notably over the last 12 months and we are delighted to welcome another tenant to one of our office developments in Edinburgh.”

In the first ten months of 2016, availability of high quality office space in Edinburgh’s city centre has continued to diminish, while the supply of new-build accommodation has remained constrained.

Bridgeside House is one of a number of developments, completed or underway, which deliver much-needed quality office stock in the capital. Knight Frank said that the lack of space, coupled with the pressure on rents in Edinburgh’s core, was making locations such as the city’s periphery and Leith a more attractive prospect to tenants.

Simon Capaldi, Associate at Knight Frank, said: “We’ve seen a number of recent deals in the periphery of the city centre because of the significant number of requirements for good quality, cost-effective, and open-plan office space. More deals are likely to follow if the market continues on its current trajectory, with an increased level of interest already being seen in the remaining 18,656 sq. ft. of available space at Bridgeside House.”

Plans lodged for £20m Design and Innovation Quarter at Dundee Waterfront

Dundee Design and Innovation QuarterDevelopers behind plans for a £20 million city square and creative hub to form part of Dundee’s £1 billion Waterfront development have submitted their application with the local authority.

Inspired by the arrival of the V&A design museum, the £20m Design and Innovation Quarter will include studio, workshop, retail and living space for the creative industries, with the aim of retaining graduate talent in the city.

Under the plans by developer Our Enterprise, the proposed facility on plot 2 of the central Waterfront area will form one side of a new city square next to the Malmaison hotel, railway station and V&A site.

Site 2 of the Dundee Waterfront development

Site 2 of the Dundee Waterfront development

Two new city blocks, designed by architects HTA Design LLP, will include three main elements.

On the ground floor of both blocks will be “design, make and sell” units, attracting creative businesses to showcase the best of Scottish design.

Secondly, above the new ‘Hub’ for start-up businesses will be an apartment development geared to providing high quality city-centre living.

Site 2 is currently used as a car park

Site 2 is currently used as a car park

The development will include 91 apartments and 10,750 sq ft of ground floor commercial units.

Developers hope that these rented apartments will create a new urban community, offering light, modern apartments with the bonus of shared facilities such as large dining areas for social evenings with larger groups.

New £20m Design and Innovation Quarter planned for Dundee waterfront

Dundee Design and Innovation QuarterPlans have been revealed for a new £20 million city square and creative hub to form part of Dundee’s £1 billion waterfront development.

Inspired by the arrival of the V&A design museum, the £20m Design and Innovation Quarter will include studio, workshop, retail and living space for the creative industries, with the aim of retaining graduate talent in the city.

Under the plans by developer Our Enterprise, the proposed facility on plot 2 of the central Waterfront area will form one side of a new city square next to the Malmaison hotel, railway station and V&A site.

Our Enterprise founder and chief executive, Matthew Bell, said: “We are a young, innovative development and regeneration company with a difference.

“We care about delivering projects with a social return and the highest levels of economic and environmental sustainability.

“Dundee’s vision for the waterfront is a perfect match for us and we are thrilled to bring our investment, energy and drive to this ground-breaking project.”

Site 2 of the Dundee Waterfront development

Site 2 of the Dundee Waterfront development

Two new city blocks, designed by architects HTA Design LLP, will include three main elements.

On the ground floor of both blocks will be “design, make and sell” units, attracting creative businesses to showcase the best of Scottish design.

Secondly, above the new ‘Hub’ for start-up businesses will be an apartment development geared to providing high quality city-centre living.

The development will include 91 apartments and 10,750 sq ft of ground floor commercial units.

Site 2 is currently used as a car park

Site 2 is currently used as a car park

Developers hope that these rented apartments will create a new urban community, offering light, modern apartments with the bonus of shared facilities such as large dining areas for social evenings with larger groups.

Executive director of city development, Mike Galloway, said he was excited with the plans and added: “I am looking forward to working with Our Enterprise on this hugely important development for the city.”

Our Enterprise and the city council will develop the proposals and planning application over the next few months.

Green light for 400 new build-to-rent homes in Edinburgh

Springside-Edinburgh-inlineThe City of Edinburgh Council has granted planning consent for plans to build up to 400 new homes at Fountainbridge, according to developers.

The Grosvenor Group said the consent unlocks the potential for its proposed build-to-rent scheme in the former industrial area close to the city centre.

The group has already completed the first phase of the development at Springside which comprises 250 homes, including homes for sale, affordable homes for the ‘frail and elderly,’ serviced apartments and two student residences providing accommodation for over 600 students. Grosvenor has also delivered 46 private rented homes that demonstrate an appetite for well-managed and well located rental properties.

David Yaldron, director city centre developments, at Grosvenor, said: “We welcome the City of Edinburgh’s forward-thinking decision in granting planning consent.  Our project team has collaborated closely with local neighbourhood organisations and today’s decision marks an important and exciting step forward for the area’s wider regeneration.

“In addition to new homes, this consent includes plans for a new public square, community spaces and commercial and retail space, which we hope will add to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and re-position it as one of the best places to live in Edinburgh.”

The architects on the scheme are CDA and HTA.