Dundee unveils vision for ‘urban beach’

A formal application has been submitted for new public space at Dundee’s waterfront.

Images published as part of the application for Site 9, to the east of V&A Dundee, illustrate how city planners hope to create an ‘urban beach’ development, including a cycling hub and digital playground, on the edge of the River Tay.

‘Waterfront Place’ is being spearheaded by Optimised Environments with Holmes Miller overseeing the design of an active travel hub, to establish a focal point for outdoor activities through the provision of a beach, water features and public art.

In a concept statement, the architects wrote: “The building also echoes the idea of the ‘Bathing Machine’ which was a beach hut that could be wheeled out into the sea to provide discreet changing for their Victorian users.

“The proposed Active Travel Hub will sit within the landscape design with decorative water features, entering Waterfront Place from the South the Active Travel Hub will sit visually within a water & beach environment that recalls the idea of the ‘Bathing Machine’.”

Subject to approval, construction of the area is expected to take in the region of 15 months to complete.

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