Take three Scottish Waterfronts

27 Oct 2011

As Scotland prepares to host Waterfront Expo Scotland 2011, we thought we'd broaden our horizons beyond the usual Clyde Waterfront fare, to introduce you to Scotland's other two major city waterfront regeneration projects, in Dundee and Edinburgh. All three Scottish Waterfronts will be showcased at the Expo along with success stories from Barcelona, Marseille, Chicago and Yokohama.

Dundee Waterfront Regeneration

In Dundee, the vision is to transform, energise and connect the city to the waterfront.

The £1 billion project encompasses 240 hectares of development land stretching 8km along the River Tay. It's a strategic, focussed and forward-looking 30 year project (2001-2031) that is propelling the city to international acclaim.

Perhaps best known is the V&A's new £45 million outreach building, V&A at Dundee, which is due to open in 2015. The museum will create a brand new attraction at the heart of a newly designed city centre waterfront area.

Other development zones include a digital media and creative industries business area as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities fit for an expanding city.

Currently there are opportunities for developers, investors and a wide range of business ventures. Hotels, businesses and retailers are already reaping the rewards with expectations of around 7,000 jobs to be created through the waterfront project.

Find out more about Dundee Waterfront.

Edinburgh Waterfront

The scale of development in Edinburgh is similar to Dundee, with an investment of around £1billion. Here, the vision for waterfront regeneration is to deliver over 26,000 new homes as well as more than 450,000 square metres of new commercial and retail space, creating a new urban quarter for Scotland's capital city.

Three companies - Waterfront Edinburgh Ltd, Forth Ports PLC and National Grid Property - are overseeing the flagship £1 billion project which is transforming 300 hectares of brownfield land along the river Forth.

Since the area was master-planned in the early 2000s it has undergone significant change, with approximately 1,400 new homes in the Granton area and 900 in Leith, new food retail stores at both destinations, and approximately 16,000 square metres of commercial office space. The new Telford College building provides a facility which caters for 20,000 students and 600 staff.

The Scottish Government offices are based at Victoria Quay in Leith and a new shopping centre at Ocean Terminal offers 41,000 square metres of space with a multiplex cinema. Tourist attractions such as The Royal Yacht Britannia, hotels and serviced apartments encourage visitors to Leith and over 30 cruise liners stop at Ocean Terminal each year.

With more to come, this is an area which has already seen massive transformation. Read more about Edinburgh Waterfront.

And of course, Clyde Waterfront

Back on home territory, our vision for the Clyde is to develop a vibrant, thriving River Clyde with people and communities at its heart.

Already around £2bn has been invested in the area, mainly from the private sector. The total value of investment between 2003 and 2025 is estimated at around £5 - 6 billion along the 20 km river corridor. The regeneration project has the potential to create more than 50,000 jobs, along with thousands of new homes and commercial accommodation.

Right now, Clyde Waterfront is continuing to make the headlines. Recent news includes the announcement that the Scottish Government will provide £40m of funding for the Clyde Fastlink rapid transit bus system, an important infrastructure link from the city centre along both sides of the river. Two major city centre property developments at Central Quay and Broomielaw have just received planning consent, representing a major boost for the IFSD.

Waterfront Expo

Read more about Waterfront Expo 2 - 3 November 2011 here.


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