Dundee earmarked to host Eden Project expansion

THE educational and environmental charity, the Eden Project, is planning to expand from its world-famous base in Cornwall, to set up an outpost in Dundee.

Begins a media release issued by the charity: “The Eden Project has signed a memorandum of understanding with the owners of its preferred site for Eden Project Dundee and released the first image of how it might look.

“The agreement between Eden, National Grid and [gas distribution company] SGN will kick off a period in which the partners will explore the practicalities of converting the former Dundee Gasworks on East Dock Street into the Eden Project’s home in Scotland.

“The site is set back from the Dundee waterfront on the bank of the River Tay. It has good public transport links, the potential for a new pedestrian connection to the city centre and is less than a mile away from V&A Dundee and the train station.”

Eden predicts that the project will create 200 jobs (with an additional 300 indirectly created) and contribute £27m per year to the regional economy.

Says an accompanying announcement by Dundee City Council (here): “Eden’s agreement with National Grid and SGN follows the completion of a six-month ‘pollination’ process to establish feasibility for the creation of a new international-scale site.”

Picture credit: Eden Project