Waterfront Place, Dundee

Client: Dundee City Council

Designer(s): Optimised Environments Ltd (OPEN)

Contractors: T&N Gillmartin & Morgan Sindall

Manufacturer: IP Surfaces Ltd

Supplier: Hardscape Products Ltd

Year: 2020







The creation of a new landscaped public realm area called Waterfornt Place that includes hard and soft landscaping, water features and an urban beach is being constructed at the edge of the River Tay. The area is located between Slessor Garden, Riverside Esplanade and Black Watch Parade incorporating a walk and cycleway alongside the River.

An award-winning young British artist has been chosen to provide the centre-piece of a key space at Dundee Waterfront. Lee Simmons has centred his design proposal on a sculpture in the form of a humpback whale that will act as a beacon within the new interactive play park at Waterfront Place.


Also within the urban beach IP Surfaces are creating a main area of dark Crystal Black granite blocks interspersed with 21 Carlow Blue limestone slab inserts each depicting a seaside illustration which has been laser-etched into the surface.

These illustrations tie in perfectly with the fossilised Carlow Blue limestone paving used within the nearby V&A Museum. To give the landscaped area a real urban beach feel there also a number of Neland clay pavers ranging from light to dark in colour to represent the beach and the sea.

Waterfront Places’ location between the large formal space of Slessor Gardens and the striking and powerful architecture of the V&A Museum of Design means that it has an important role to play in counter-balancing these two different spaces while being a significant space in its own right.

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