10,000 capacity arena planned for Dundee

Plans have been unveiled for a 10,000 capacity arena in Dundee city centre.

10,000 capacity arena planned for Dundee

Image by Wilson and Gunn Architects

The Courier reports that the Wilson and Gunn Architects proposal would see the existing Mecca Bingo site in Nethergate, along with the temporary car park in Yeaman Shore, transformed into a venue complete with a 70-room hotel, restaurants and bars.

The estimated cost is between £60m and £70m and could take up to five years to go through planning and complete construction.

The Glasgow-based architectural firm initially proposed an arena for the Mecca Bingo site in 2018, but could only reach a 6,375 capacity. Expanding into the Yeaman Shore site would take the facility in line with the Hydro in Glasgow (13,000 capacity) and P&J Live in Aberdeen (15,000).

Director William Gunn told The Courier: “There are very few acts worldwide that wouldn’t want to play a 10,000 capacity arena so we’re looking at getting most of the big guys.

“We also know we won’t get a concert of that size every day of the week. The facility would be flexible enough to create a more intimate gig.

“The design has been inspired by Green’s Playhouse, Dundee’s ‘supercinema’ that used to be on the site.

“It was a cinema, but also a theatre and ballroom over two tiers.

“Likewise, we’re also hoping to attract a variety of performers and I think it could be sensational for the city.”

Our Enterprise was given permission four years ago for a co-working space, known as Studio Dundee on the Yeaman Shore car park site, with retail units, a café, offices and apartments. But no work has taken place and a condition was that work was to start within three years.

An e-sports arena with a capacity of around 3,500 is planned on another waterfront site next to Slessor Gardens.

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