• Amy Middleton

Eden Project reveals site of new Dundee attraction

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described the proposals for Eden Project Dundee as “stunning”, after the charity revealed its preferred site in the city. Plans involve converting the former Dundee Gasworks on East Dock Street into the Eden Project's Scottish home in the City of Discovery.

Less than a mile from V&A Dundee which opened in 2018, the site will be an eastern anchor for the Dundee waterfront regeneration project, which has seen £1 billion invested in transforming an 8km stretch of land on the banks of the River Tay.

Described by the charity as a ‘powerful symbol of regeneration’, Eden Project Dundee will feature walled gardens and draw on the Nine Incorporated Trades of Dundee that form a key part of the city’s history. Should it go ahead as planned, the project is expected to create 500 jobs and generate £27 million a year for the local economy.

City council leader John Alexander has said the new artist’s impressions are incredible and says it proves Eden Project will be another jewel in the crown for the city.

David Harland, Eden Project International chief executive, said: “This is a really exciting moment for the Eden Project and the City of Dundee. The former Dundee Gasworks site is by far the best location for our Scottish home and we’re delighted to have a formal agreement in place to start working on a detailed plan."

Eden Project Dundee will also be themed around nine “Guilds” that form a key part of the city’s history – including healers, growers, navigators and myth-makers.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The dramatic transformation of Dundee’s waterfront continues apace with this fantastic news. The plans and illustrations for the preferred site look nothing short of stunning. Alongside the iconic V&A, Eden is another game-changing draw to the city and the surrounding area and will play a key role in Dundee’s strategic economic recovery from Covid. Tourism remains a key driver for the inclusive growth of Scotland’s economy and in these incredibly challenging times the Eden project in Scotland can provide many benefits and opportunities to secure jobs, increase investment and attract more visitors to the area. It really will be a fantastic attraction for the city and Scotland as a whole."

Surprising as it sounds, Dundee could be about to become the hottest staycation destination in the UK.

The original Eden Project, located near St Austell in Cornwall, opened in March 2001. It boasts the world-famous geodesic Biomes, one of which houses the world’s biggest undercover rainforest. Eden has welcomed more than 22 million visitors since opening and has generated more than £2 billion for the regional economy.