Dundee set to approve Eden Project next week

Dundee set to approve Eden Project next week

The Eden Project’s plans for a £130 million development in Dundee are set to be given the green light next week.

Reports in The Courier suggest that Dundee City Council is preparing to convene on Monday to deliberate on the proposal at the historic former gas works site along East Dock Street.

Planning officials have recommended they give the application the seal of approval.

Dundee set to approve Eden Project next week

Promising to be a landmark development for the city, Eden Project Dundee will transform the area into a beacon for regeneration and green tourism. The project will combine exhibits, performance, learning, play, immersive experiences, world-class horticulture, live music, art, and food, beverage and retail spaces, all integrated as essential parts of the overall experience.

Work to create an Eden Project on this site would include the conversion of the existing gasholder and demolition of other buildings on the site.

A separate application to create a pedestrian bridge which will span across East Dock Street and the east coast mainline railway will be considered at a later date.

Dundee set to approve Eden Project next week

When completed, Eden Project Dundee will have three venues on the site. These are:

  • The Valve – a single-storey entrance exhibition building to the west of the site. Internally it will have a ticketing area, private multi-use spaces, kitchen facilities and cafe with seating areas in an open entrance hall, retail area, external seating, and plant sale area and plant machinery rooms.
  • The Lush Bunker – housed in the gas holder to the south-eastern corner of the site, this will comprise an exhibition space titled The Seam and a planted environment. It will be the site’s most prominent architectural element.
  • Venue three – currently unnamed, this will sit on top of the existing terraced area to the north of the site. It will lie over two levels below the height of the wall with Broughty Ferry Road and include gallery spaces, installations, exhibits, artwork and play/ interactive opportunities.

There are also plans for a Gathering Meadows space south of the site, which includes an external live events space with a capacity of up to 6,000 people.

Dundee set to approve Eden Project next week

A water feature reflecting the previous waterline of the Tay prior to reclamation will run through the site.

Car parking facilities will include 20 disabled spaces, cycle parking for 60 visitors and 50 staff, and an arrival taxi/bus drop off area.

A report on the application process, which will go before the planning committee next week, details that 96% of people who responded during the consultation events supported the development.

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