Car park concerns over Dundee’s new Olympia

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Bosses of Dundee’s Gallagher Retail Park are concerned about potential parking problems created by the opening of the new Olympia.

The leisure centre’s adjoining multi-storey will charge drivers to park, while the retail park offers free parking for two hours.

That could prompt gridlock on the Gallagher’s already busy site when the Olympia opens next week.

But bosses have pledged to keep parking free at least for now, adding that officials will be “monitoring” the situation.

A spokesman for Savills, which manages the retail park, said the company would not be making any “knee-jerk” decisions on the parking prices.

He said: “There are no plans at this time to change parking management at the Gallagher Retail Park.

“The leisure centre will be opening in a matter of days and that will certainly add to pressure on the adjacent car park.

“We will be monitoring that and seeing how the situation develops but there will be no knee-jerk reactions at this time.”

The new Olympia Leisure Centre, on East Whale Lane, opens to the public next week and boasts four slides and a 50m pool for competitions, as well as a host of other features.

The complex also houses a gym and a cafe, and has been hailed as a successful step in the ongoing investment around Dundee’s waterfront.

Two slides feature digital projection technology, which allows water warriors to choose an image that will appear in front of them as they descend.

The 31m pool, which is opening several months late, replaces the recently closed Olympia, which is set to be knocked down over the coming months.

Its former waterfront site will instead be home to the city’s flagship 45m V&A museum.

Gallagher Retail Park, which sits alongside the leisure centre, was acquired by a fund managed by JP Morgan Asset Management in conjunction with their asset management advisors, Kirkstone, back in 2009.

Dundee’s Gallagher Retail Park includes tenants such as Matalan, TK Maxx, DW Sports and Marks and Spencer.