Scottish Eden Project gets green light

Illustration of how the new Dundee Eden Project will look like
The existing tall brick walls on the gasworks will be reused to create walled gardens (Image: Eden Project)

Local councillors have given planning permission for an Eden Project to be built in Dundee.

The £130m visitor attraction will be based at the former gasworks site on East Dock Street, on the city’s waterfront on the River Tay. 

Works include the conversion of the existing gasholder, demolition of other buildings on the site, and construction of a pedestrian bridge.

The project will consist of three venues hosting exhibitions, performances, immersive experiences, horticulture, food and retail spaces, and other activities.

Eden Project said it is committed to local sourcing “in the construction phase and beyond”.

Illustration of how the Dundee Eden Project will look at night
A ‘green gateway’ at the entrance will connect the Eden Project Dundee with the waterfront (Image: Eden Project)

A landmark development for Dundee

The project is inspired by Dundee’s Nine Incorporated Trades and will introduce a new set of contemporary Guilds underpinned by skills needed for the future. 

Eden Project said it will be a “landmark development for the city” that will transform the area “into a beacon for regeneration and green tourism”.

Since opening in 2001, the Cornish chapter of the Eden Project has attracted more than 18 million visitors and contributed more than £1.7bn to the local economy.

Blair Parkin, the Eden Project’s chief experience development officer, said: “This is a major milestone for the project and the culmination of years of hard work by the Eden Project team, our partners in Dundee and the community who have engaged with us so generously.

“We will now concentrate on working with all our partners, progressing the design, securing investment and continuing to deliver our community programmes in the city.”

The start date for works is yet to be confirmed.

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