Up to 350 jobs could be created at a state-of-the-art complex planned for one of the plots at Dundee’s Waterfront, it has been revealed.
Plans have been put on public display for Plot 2, which is currently occupied by the Yeaman Shore car park.
Our Enterprise is Dundee City Council’s preferred developer for the site, and wants to build a £20 million office space “to retain the graduate talent in Dundee”.
It’s anticipated that the development would be a huge boost for local employment.
The details were revealed to the Tele as we continue our jobs-led Let’s Get Dundee Working campaign.
Alan Caldwell, partnerships director for Our Enterprise, said: “The main job creation would be Studio Dundee.
“We want to build a community for creative people, giving them a vibrant place to work.
“Studio Dundee will provide space where Dundee’s talent can design, make and sell their products while living and playing in this new part of town.
“We want the work space to be used to create products and that could be anything from jewellery and ceramics to computer software.
“People will come here and be able to shop, but also meet the makers of these products.
“We are aiming for a dynamic, sustainable development that will have new co-working space and design studios alongside rental apartments and a hub with a cafe, bar and restaurant.”
The working spaces in Studio Dundee would be offered at a “membership” rate, which is lower than the private rental price of a standard office and would be aimed at graduates.
Members would have use of a desk, computer, internet and other office equipment, and have access to more facilities, depending on the level of membership they have.
Mr Caldwell said: “A common problem people have when they graduate is that they are maybe not on a high income, but need to build up their clientele, so it’s a vicious circle. This offers them the facilities they need at a lower price.
“We would also be offering access to specialist equipment — say 3D printers — that they probably had while studying, but might not have now they have graduated.
“We want to retain Dundee’s graduate talent. In the first year we’d be looking at 100 to 150 people taking up membership.
“In the other offices, we would look to have around 200 people from smaller companies, maybe 25 to 30 companies, who need that bit more office space.”
Plans also include construction of 91 rented apartments, mainly studio and two-bedroom designs.
The development would have on-site facilities concierge staff, who would provided services such as property maintenance and deliveries. If approved, the firm wants to open in late 2018 or early 2019.
Dan Shanahan, project architect, held a consultation event at the Apex City Quay hotel yesterday to discuss the development.