FCBStudios has been working alongside Dundee-based architects Nicoll Russell Studios on feasibility studies for the Eden Project’s proposed Scottish home that will be transformational and regenerative, with an overarching theme of humanity’s connection to the natural world.
An agreement has now been signed to explore the practicalities of converting the former Dundee Gasworks on East Dock Street - a site set back from the Dundee waterfront on the bank of the River Tay - into the Eden Project’s home in Scotland.
Peter Clegg, Partner at FCBStudios says “We have been working with Eden to explore ideas for a number of sites in Dundee. Building upon the forward-thinking environmental vision of the original Eden Project over 20 years ago, we have developed a regenerative approach to the extraordinary gasholder site close to the city centre. Our net zero carbon proposals will transform the former industrial site, creating a haven for biodiversity in the city.”
Eden envisages the striking contrast of the industrial heritage of the Gasworks with the gardens within the existing tall brick walls as a powerful symbol of regeneration, echoing the project’s home in Cornwall which is located in a former clay quarry.
Eden Project Dundee will draw on the history of the city’s Nine Incorporated Trades and is themed around nine new “Guilds” – of Healers, Growers, Navigators, Myth-Makers, Noticers, Alchemists, Celebrators, Menders and “Re-Sourcerors”. It is characterised not by specialisms, like the existing nine trades, but by providing alternative ways of perceiving the world.
Eden Project Dundee is one of a sisterhood of UK projects Eden Project International is developing, with plans well advanced for Morecambe (Eden Project North), and others, including Portland, on which FCBStudios is also collaborating.