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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.”

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.