Yet another Waterfront project has taken a fresh step forward with plans for a consultation on Site 17 in March.
The Structured House Group (SHG) hopes to build a vast mixed-use development on the site between the Tay Road Bridge and the Apex City Quay Hotel.
The ambitious project is set to have rental flats, a restaurant, public spaces and commercial units running along South Commercial Street.
SHG, based in Glasgow, has enlisted the services of local architecture firm Nicoll Russell Studios for the project.
Together with the Broughty Ferry designers it has launched a 12-week series of discussions with community groups and the public ahead of its application later this year.
It will hold its consultation session on March 5 at Discovery Point from 11am-7.30pm.
Brian Smith, director of operations at the Glasgow-based firm, told the Tele the proposal for Site 17 reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the ongoing regeneration of Dundee.
He said: “Our proposals for Site 17 are to work in close partnership with the city and in-line with the Dundee Waterfront masterplan.
“Working with Nicoll Russell Studios, we want to bring a high-quality build to the Waterfront and look forward to working in partnership with the city to continue the transformation of the area.
“The flats will be built with the aim of targeting them at the rental market.
“We look forward to sharing our ambitions with Dundonians at the public event.”
The firm has also chosen to engage beyond the minimum statutory requirements.
As well as reaching out to required consultees such as the local community council, it has asked bodies such as Network Rail, Dundee Civic Trust and the Tay Road Bridge Joint Board to share their views.
Graham Steel, a senior associate at the firm, said in the formal notice: “The focus of the consultation will be a number of large information sheets which will describe and illustrate the site’s context, analysis of the site and brief, before moving on to illustrating our evolving proposals.”
A spokesman for Nicoll Russell Studios added it was an “exciting time to be working to rejuvenate our city”.
He pledged that the designs for Site 17 – yet to be finalised – would not clash with existing buildings, saying they would “complement the city’s sense of place and identity”.
Locals will have a chance to leave feedback at the meeting, which will be used to inform the direction of the application itself.
Adrian Stewart, planning representative for the City Centre and Harbour Community Council, said the group would make representations at the public meeting.
He added: “Until we see the details of what is proposed in March we are not in a position to comment.”
Should its plans for Site 17 proceed as planned, this project will be the second SHG has embarked on in the City of Discovery
It is already preparing to enact plans to transform the Robertsons furniture store on Barrack Street, which were approved last year.