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August 18, 2015

Council approves two new contracts for £1bn Dundee Waterfront regeneration project

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By Shreosree Banerjee

Dundee Waterfront South view

Dundee City Council in Scotland has approved two new contracts for the transformation of the city’s waterfront, marking further progress of the £1bn development project.

While one contract will lead to more than £400,000 of activity at Slessor Gardens, which is at the rear of the Caird Hall, the second aims to replace the Camperdown Dock gates.

The waterfront project is expected to regenerate 240 acres of land along the River Tay, and had already has completed more than half of the planned work.

Dundee City Council city development committee convener Will Dawson said: "With a project as large, complex and lengthy as the redevelopment of the Waterfront, each element that is started or finished becomes something of a milestone.

"Taken together, these two contracts represent highly visible and therefore tangible areas of work that the Dundee public can engage with and see for themselves the massive changes that are going on.

"It is a great thing to be a part of such a monumental transformation and to be there when each element is put into place."

"It is a great thing to be a part of such a monumental transformation and to be there when each element is put into place."

Around £250,000 of work at Slessor Gardens will involve development of the Discovery Walk of Fame, the commemorative Royal Arch of trees and associated lighting, the outline formation of the Waterfront Showcase Gardens, enhanced landscaping and planting adjacent to the Tay Road Bridge, the Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) pond, feature lighting, seating, sculpture, and gardens.

Sir Robert McAlpine is the contractor for the project, which is expected to reach completion in January 2016.

Approval has been received for replacing the existing dock gates at Camperdown Docks, as the existing ones are not fully functional, or suitable for marina purposes.

Tenders were issued to 11 specialist consultants for the dock upgrade works, and will be carried out as a part of the City Quay Marina development.

Among the four offers received, Mott MacDonald presented the winning bid providing a total expenditure of £150,000, which would includes fees and specialist professional and technical services.

Image: View from the south of the Dundee Waterfront. Photo: courtesy of Dundee Waterfront.

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