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Dundee Waterfront project: District 10 development opens

District 10 building under construction Image copyright Scottish Enterprise
Image caption The District 10 building was constructed from recycled shipping containers

A new £1.7m office development built from recycled shipping containers has opened on Dundee's waterfront.

The development, called District 10, is based at the former railway goods yard, Seabraes.

Constructed from 37 shipping containers, it has been designed for early-stage firms in the creative industries sector.

Scottish Enterprise estimates District 10 will contribute up to £10m to the Tayside economy over the next decade.

Its first tenant has been announced as Scottish design-led travel bag brand LAT_56.

'Fantastic addition'

Mick McHugh, from Scottish Enterprise, said: "District 10 is a fantastic addition to Dundee's Waterfront, with its distinctive look ensuring it is a landmark in an area fast becoming a hotspot for creative companies.

"This exciting office development will stimulate economic growth both for Tayside and the wider Scottish economy.

"The creative industries sector contributes more than £3.2bn to the Scottish economy, so it's vital that we have the right infrastructure for early stage creative companies.

"The building can flexibly accommodate up to 15 companies and is already attracting interest from other potential tenants."

He added: "It's entirely fitting that the first company in District 10, LAT_56, offers exclusive design-led products.

"When it opens, the V&A at Dundee will be a few minutes' walk from District 10 and will showcase cutting-edge design exhibits and architecture."

Waterfront regeneration

The District 10 project is being delivered by Scottish Enterprise, as part of the £1bn Dundee Waterfront regeneration project.

District 10 has been jointly funded by Scottish Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund, Tayside charity Matthew Trust and the Scottish government.

Construction work at the site was carried out by Maxi Construction.

The Dundee Waterfront Partnership is a joint venture between Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council.

In October, the partnership said the waterfront could attract an extra three million visitors to the city and £1bn of business and leisure spending by 2025.

When completed the waterfront development will span 240 hectares of land stretching several miles along the River Tay.

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