Dundee is an area of expanding digital companies in the United Kingdom. The digital sector is continuing to grow in both the number of companies and the size of companies in Seabraes, Dundee.
Plans have been made
Plans for a new office building are underway to accommodate the growing business in the city. Project leaders are hoping that the office space will attract more creative digital start up companies to have their headquarters in Dundee. The Dundee director of city development, Mike Gallaway, was in support of the building application. He urged the councilors voting on the building plans to see the structure as a permanent investment for Seabraes.
A strong commitment
The councilors of the development management sector voted for the application this week. Scottish Enterprises is the company that is presenting the building plans. Peter Noad of Scottish Enterprises stated that extensive research has been done to plan and devise the office building. He acknowledged that it is a “risky venture” to build with sustainable materials, but the company is making a commitment to innovation and conservation by using portable storage containers.
The newly released concept drawings of the office park show a large building comprised of recycled containers. The building will be three stories tall. In total, eighteen refurbished boxes will be used to construct the office building.
Answering the concerns of others
Concerns were voiced during a council meeting about effect of the containers’ appearance on the building and the surrounding area. A member of the project assured the group that the units look as if they are virtually new. The steel boxes have a 25-year warranty, but will likely last well past that date. He also noted that the building material alludes to the industrial past of the Dundee area. The new office building is going to be built on an old rail yard site, making use of empty land.