Our Vision for the Ultimate Workspace
Here at Water’s Edge, we wanted to create a working environment that ticked all the right boxes, one that enabled creative professionals to bring out the best in themselves. We started with a blank piece of paper, and we put that piece of paper down in one of the most iconic locations in the whole of Scotland.
Dundee’s waterfront matched our vision perfectly. We knew all about the heritage that permeates this area, we knew the views across the water were spectacular and we knew there was a discernible buzz about the place – our ambition was to add to the buzz, and hopefully to improve on it in a dramatic way.
We wanted to tap into the entrepreneurial spirit that the region is famous for, and to create so much more than a few offices spread around some random building. We wanted offices which were inter-connected with a communal area where ideas can be bounced around. In short, we wanted our tenants to be located in a place which actually added to their talents.
A Bright Future That’s Based on an Iconic Past
The superb Water’s Edge development has been created in the historic Shed 25, one of the oldest buildings in the former Dundee docks area. The city itself was established because of its location on the north shore of the River Tay, and it developed and flourished thanks to its relationship with the water.
Dundee was granted a Royal Charter in 1191 by King David I, and for many years it was second only to Edinburgh in terms of importance to the Scottish economy. Trade routes were established with ports in the Baltic and across northern Europe, and many merchants in and around Dundee became extremely wealthy.
The original harbour in Dundee was a little to the east of its current location, but in the 16th century it was moved westward to where Water’s Edge is now found. In the 19th century Dundee became famous the world over for its associations with the jute industry, a relationship that led to rapid growth.
As the amount of trade grew, so the docks area expanded. No less a figure than the celebrated Thomas Telford was brought in to improve the facilities in the harbour, with new docks being established on various parts of the shoreline. Later, the arrival of the railways to Dundee added to the importance of the city’s trade links.
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