Dundee Waterfront set for another ‘milestone’ as work to start on building next to V&A

An artist’s impression of how the office block could look

Work on a £15.5 million office block at Dundee Waterfront is due to start next month.

Councillors are being asked to approve the contractor for a development on Site 6 at the Waterfront, which is adjacent to the multimillion-pound V&A Museum, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, which is due to open its doors in 2018.

If approved, the new building will offer Grade A office space, ground-floor commercial units, a service yard and dedicated parking.

The building forms part of a wider development on the site which received planning permission this summer. It is expected that the work on Site 6 will be completed in February 2019.

A report being considered by the city development committee next week seeks approval to accept the tender submitted by Robertson Construction on behalf of Wilmott Dixon.

Funding for the project is available as part of the Scottish Government’s Growth Accelerator Fund and prudential borrowing from income received from leasing the commercial units within the building.

A site plan of the Waterfront area.

Councillor Lynne Short, convener of the city development committee, is delighted with the latest development. She said: “This is another important milestone in the transformation of our central Waterfront.

“There can be few locations matching it anywhere in Scotland, just yards from the new V&A and the River Tay. It’s also right next door to our new railway station.

“Creating top-class office space like this bolsters the ongoing efforts of the council and its partners to attract blue chip employers to the city.”

The report, by executive director of city development Mike Galloway notes that there will also be a community benefits programme.

This includes guarantees to employ local labour, apprenticeships and local contract spend.

It also confirms that all employees working for Robertson Construction and all sub-contractors on the site will be paid the Living Wage, currently £8.75 and due to go up every November.

Ms Short added: “This development and others in the central Waterfront will not only act as a magnet for future employers, but also create opportunities for workers in the construction sector.

“It’s another strong signal that Dundee is a city open for business.”