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Waterfront Place, Dundee City Council

On one of the prime spots on the whole of the waterfront, Morgan Sindall delivered an urban beach, travel hub, landscaping, and interactive play area for Dundee City Council.

Key Stats

  • 7,000 sq ft urban beach
  • 2,150 sq ft travel hub
  • Cycle hire and storage
  • Sculpture installation
  • NEC Option A
  • Delivered on time
  • Delivered on budget

At a Glance

Client

Dundee City Council

Budget

£6m

Timing

40 weeks

Location

Dundee

Year

2021

Sector

Leisure

Our approach

The Waterfront Place site is adjacent to the V&A Museum of Design. The development includes 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 travel hub has been designed to match the neighbouring museum.

The scheme was delivered as part of Dundee’s £1 billion regeneration that has been officially opened by the leader of Dundee City Council.

At the centre of the urban beach is a stainless-steel whale sculpture designed by award-winning artist, Lee Simmons. Morgan Sindall Construction was awarded a separate £1.7 million contract to manufacture and install the centrepiece.

Social impact

We were delighted to support 9 new employment opportunities, including 1 new apprentice, as a result of the project. We engaged local small community-based enterprises on a number of initiatives. 5 transit vans of surplus materials were donated to Scrap Antics, diverting excess waste back into the community as resources for creative and play-based projects. All of Scrap Antics workshops, projects and events use recycled and donated materials, driving forward Dundee’s circular economy and looking to create a more sustainable future. The project team were delighted to repurpose waste timber by donating the materials to Carse of Gowrie Men’s Shed for woodturning purposes. Dundee and Angus College also benefitted from surplus materials and made use of bricks, plywood and timber for educational purposes.

"Anyone who comes here will see the quality of work, which was in itself a key part of our desire to attract people here, not just from the city but across Scotland, so that they could truly experience the re-established connection between the city and river. "

John Alexander, Dundee City Council

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