CABINET SECRETARY DEREK MACKAY OFFICIALLY OPENS TAYFORTH PROPERTIES’ WATER’S EDGE

Water’s Edge, the new Grade A commercial office development at Dundee’s waterfront by Tayforth Properties, was today (26 June 2019) officially opened by Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work.

Alongside the Cabinet Secretary and Tayforth Properties’ co-owners Chris van der Kuyl and Paddy Burns, a host of local businesses and dignitaries gathered to celebrate its official opening, including John Alexander, Leader of Dundee City Council, Allan Watt, Dundee Waterfront Project Co-ordinator and Councillor Alan Ross, Dundee’s Convener of City Development.

Originally one of Dundee’s transit sheds known as “Shed 25”, Water’s Edge is a completely reimagined approach to leased office space. The vision of the co-owners, Scottish tech entrepreneurs Chris van der Kuyl and Paddy Burns, is for Water’s Edge to be a place to inspire, connect and energise 21st Century business innovators, entrepreneurs and freelancers. Now a thriving place of work, with only two units remaining, Water’s Edge is home to a wide variety of tenants, from sectors including games, renewables and social enterprises.

During his visit, Mr Mackay undertook a tour of the building and visited the offices of games companies 4J Studios and Puny Astronaut, as well as start-up insurtech company Broker Insights and energy group Scottish Power Digital Studio.

Architects Nicoll Russell Studios and construction firm Lyon Building Services have been instrumental in bringing the Water’s Edge vision to life. Meanwhile the Water’s Edge team has been working closely with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at Dundee University to offer two students the opportunity to have their sculptures displayed on the internal street at Water’s Edge, a collaborative and dynamic communal space running through the heart of the building.

Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay said: “I am delighted to officially open Water’s Edge. This development truly embodies the spirit of the Waterfront Regeneration and is just one of the many reasons why Dundee will continue to thrive as a place to work, live, invest, study and visit. The city’s entrepreneurial and creative spirit can be seen in the thriving games industry, and explored at the V&A Dundee.

“The Scottish Government has supported the wider Waterfront Development over the past 12 years and continues to show support for the region through the Tay Cities Deal, by investing up to £150 million in the Deal over ten to fifteen years.”

Stewart Clark, Managing Director of Tayforth Properties, commented: “We are delighted to officially open Water’s Edge. It’s been a fantastic journey seeing this building transformed from a derelict transit shed into an inspiring workspace, just brimming with life and creative energy. It is a testament to the professionalism of the whole team, from the vision of architects Nicoll Russell Studios, to seeing the dream become a reality through Lyon Building Services. We wanted to create a dynamic space where people would feel more productive and collaborate with fellow tenants. Given the building is now almost full, we know that our tenants have bought into this vision too and thoroughly enjoy the environment in which they work.”

Water’s Edge is situated between Camperdown Dock and Victoria Dock at Dundee’s City Quay in Dundee’s Maritime Quarter. Businesses who are interested in finding out more about Water’s Edge should visitwww.watersedgedundee.co.uk

 

For more information, please contact Emma Davies on 01738 700134 or 07963 817302 or email: [email protected].

 

Notes to editors

Please find pictures from the launch today to download via this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rvlcpckufngclch/Water%27s%20Edge%20Opening.zip?dl=0

 

 

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Award-winning Broker Insights moves into Water’s Edge

  • Exciting Insurtech venture builds dynamic team at Dundee’s City Quay
  • Broker Insights described as having potential to be “the best thing to come out of Scotland this year”
  • Award-winning Broker Insights is the latest high-profile business to move into the Water’s Edge commercial office development in Dundee.

    The ‘insurtech’ business, which won the prestigious Scottish EDGE award worth £75,000 in June, has taken a space in the historic former transit shed 25 which has been extensively refurbished by Tayforth Properties Ltd.

    The move comes in the same week that the company – described by EDGE judges as having the potential “to be the best thing to come out of Scotland this year” – announced partnerships with major players in the UK insurance industry including Zurich, AXA, QBE, Hiscox and Ecclesiastical.

    Launched in early 2018, Broker Insights has also created six senior job roles, five based in Dundee, and two graduate roles, also based in the city.

    The company is co-founded by Fraser Edmond and Iain Crole, both formerly top executives at Aviva UK, and Sandy Cairnie, known for leading global programme delivery.

    It is Chaired by top technology entrepreneur Chris Van der Kuyl, with his business partner Paddy Burns operating as a Non-Executive Director. The pair also co-own Tayforth Properties Ltd. which is operated by Managing Director Stewart Clark.

    Believed to be a world first, Broker Insights has built a unique, searchable platform for the commercial insurance industry which uses data analytics to match broker-held business to the right insurer.

    By enabling customer data to be shared in an effective way on a trusted platform, Broker Insights aims to help brokers access more products and services for their clients while helping insurers increase their distribution reach.

    Transforming the way insurers and insurance brokers do business with each other, the benefits are three-fold: brokers receive more attention from leading insurers; insurers have more efficient access to serve the whole broker marker, not just the top tier; ultimately delivering the best deal to the customer by driving down costs and boosting the bottom line.

    Iain Crole, Co-Founder and EVP at Broker Insights, said:

    Water’s Edge fits perfectly with our company strategy; to modernise the commercial insurance industry and build a dynamic team of local talent to deliver a positive and vibrant customer service.

    The office space and design gives the team a real feel good factor. We’re looking forward to meeting the other units moving in and the great atmosphere and community spirit that will bring.

    Stewart Clark, Managing Director of Tayforth Properties, said:

    “We are very pleased to have attracted such an exciting and ambitious new business like Broker Insights that matches so well with Water’s Edge’s approach to inspire, connect and energise 21st Century business innovators, entrepreneurs and freelancers.

    Launching a building of this quality and ambition in Dundee is a real achievement and we’re proud to have delivered a high-quality result.

    The location of the Water’s Edge is unparalleled in regard to its proximity to Dundee’s revitalised waterfront and the vibrant attractions of the city centre, making it an ideal location for staff to work and play.”

    The letting follows completion of a major refurbishment programme at the landmark building. The project created 15,000 sq ft of office space over two levels with original features retained and incorporated into the build which boasts specification of the highest quality.
    Water’s Edge opens out from a central hub into a double height set of 11 office spaces, two of which are for co-working units. There are also seven meeting rooms and event and exhibition space.

    The exhibition area is currently displaying art from a collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts.

    With high quality finishes throughout, Broker Insights and other future occupiers will benefit from a single connected system that will control and monitor everything from lighting and heating to security and energy usage via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

    Tenants will also have access to ultra-fast broadband, car park spaces and cycle racks.

    The refurbishment project team included building contractor Lyon Building Services, architect Nicoll Russell Studios Ltd. and d3 Audio & Visual.

    Businesses who are interested in finding out more about Water’s Edge should contact Tayforth Properties Ltd. on 07741150050 or email [email protected]

    Scottish Power lights the way

    Scottish Power lights the way as the first tenant to move into Water’s Edge at Dundee’s City Quay

    Scottish Power is the first tenant to move into the much-anticipated Water’s Edge commercial office development in Dundee.

    The energy company has taken a space in the historic former transit shed 25 which has been extensively refurbished by Tayforth Properties Ltd. to create a completely reimagined approach to office space designed to inspire, connect and energise 21st Century business innovators, entrepreneurs and freelancers.

    Scottish Power staff moved into the 834 sq ft space on Monday (October 8) following a period of fitting-out.

    Craig Paterson, Digital Director for ScottishPower said:

    We are delighted to be part of this exciting new development at Water’s Edge. Dundee is well known as a hub of digital innovation, so I can’t think of anywhere better to site our new ScottishPower Digital Studio where we will design and build cutting-edge, customer-centric, digital experiences for connected-home, electric vehicles and beyond.

    Stewart Clark, Managing Director of Tayforth Properties, said:

    We are thrilled to welcome an industry leader like Scottish Power to Water’s Edge and will reveal more new tenants over the coming weeks”.

    Launching a building of this quality and ambition in Dundee is a real achievement and we’re proud to have delivered a high-quality result”.

    “The location of the Water’s Edge is unparalleled in regard to its proximity to Dundee’s revitalised waterfront and the vibrant attractions of the city centre, making it an ideal location for staff to work and play.”

    The letting follows completion of a major refurbishment programme at the landmark building. The project created 15,000 sq ft of office space over two levels with original features retained and incorporated into the build which boasts specification of the highest quality.

    Water’s Edge opens out from a central hub into a double height set of 11 office spaces, two of which are for co-working units. There are also seven meeting rooms and event and exhibition space.

    The exhibition area will shortly be displaying art from a collaboration with Dundee Contemporary Arts.

    With high-quality finishes throughout, Scottish Power and other future occupiers will benefit from a single connected system that will control and monitor everything from lighting and heating to security and energy usage via a smartphone, tablet or computer.

    Tenants will also have access to ultra-fast broadband, car park spaces, cycle racks and changing rooms with high-powered showers.

    The refurbishment project team included building contractor Lyon Building Services, architect Nicoll Russell Studios Ltd.​ and d3 Audio & Visual.

    Businesses who are interested in finding out more about Water’s Edge should contact Stewart Clark on 07782 637 420 or email [email protected]

    Something Special Is Stirring on Dundee’s Celebrated Waterfront

    We know that we’re creating an exceptional working environment for both freelancers and organisations, but here at Water’s Edge we’ve known all along that our story is part of a collective effort, and it’s one that has brought international acclaim. Here on the city’s iconic waterfront, there’s an air of innovation that permeates every nook and cranny.

    The influential GQ magazine called Dundee the ‘coolest little city in the UK’, and here in the heart of the regeneration it’s easy to see why. Officially recognised as a UNESCO City of Design, Dundee is bristling with opportunity and teeming with creativity. This is a city that’s going places, and we’re delighted to be going places with it.

    While there is no heart of the regeneration per se, it’s easy to see the V&A Museum of Design Dundee as a pivotal spot in the development. This important cultural landmark, which is due to open in 2018, is right in the heart of the waterfront area, and it’s expected to attract upwards of 350,000 visitors every year. Water’s Edge is just a short, pleasant stroll away.

    Everything you can expect from a world-class working environment

    The buzz in Dundee is increasing every month, as more and more projects approach completion. There will be an urban beach, a wonderful selection of famous-name stores and hotels, various public spaces and of course a picturesque waterfront that lends itself perfectly to al fresco relaxation in the sunniest city on Scotland.

    Water’s Edge offers a sublime working environment for all, and of course the inspiration and creativity that surrounds us merely adds to the sense of wonder. This is a fabulous place in which to work, and as each month passes by the area becomes ever more iconic.

    Minecraft Men Making a Splash at Water’s Edge

    Minecraft has been a hugely successful video game for a number of years, enabling gamers to build virtual worlds with the touch of a button. And now, two of the movers and shakers behind the console version of the game’s development have created an exceptional building in the real world. The result is the superb Water’s Edge, an iconic re-imagined collection of workspaces on the banks of the River Tay.

    Chris van der Kuyl and Paddy Burns, local entrepreneurs, are co-owners of 4J Studios, the company that helped to bring Minecraft to the masses. Their latest venture, the development of Water’s Edge, has resulted in a truly stunning working environment that will play host to both individuals and companies, not to mention a picturesque waterside terrace and a brand new café and restaurant.

    Ring out the old, ring in the new

    Water’s Edge is the latest addition to what has been a major regeneration project along Dundee’s famous waterfront. The evolution of the area has led to the creation of an impressive selection of high tech offices, prestigious new homes, celebrated cultural landmarks, high end stores and even an urban beach.

    The vision for Water’s Edge centres on a desire to attract motivated, creative professionals and to provide a location which inspires them to inspire each other. The offices and meeting rooms offer high tech connectivity and the public area is designed to encourage networking in both organised and informal ways. Bouncing ideas around will come naturally to those who work here.

    The development of Water’s Edge has rightly been seen as a boost to the business scene in Dundee, but it’s hoped that the rather unique workspaces will attract creative professionals from elsewhere, too. This is a working environment that has been designed to nurture inspiration and productivity for all tenants. And thanks to Chris and Paddy’s iconic reputations, high profile freelancers and organisations are already sitting up and taking notice.

    An Eatery to Match the Surroundings of Water’s Edge

    Modern office space with kitchenette

    Great inspiration is all around us at Water’s Edge, but of course we know that achieving the impossible requires fuel. A top of the range Ferrari runs on high quality petrol, and our top of the range tenants will be able to run on superb food when our in-house restaurant opens.

    Our workspaces, to put it simply, are to sigh for. They offer a creative buzz that will rub off on everyone, thanks to the awesome location and the inspirational layout. Here in the heart of Dundee’s rightly celebrated waterfront regeneration, you’ll find all the impact you and your business will ever need.

    And while our tenants will understandably focus on the offices and meeting rooms at the start, it’s worth noting that a particularly stunning restaurant and café will be opening on site in 2018. Plans are at the advanced stage, and very soon we will be revealing further details of this establishment, but the one thing we can say now is that it’s set to be the largest restaurant in the whole of Dundee.

    Wonderful food, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful views

    Imagine yourself working in one of our superb workspaces or meeting colleagues in our public space, knowing that a stunning restaurant is only a few feet away. You can recharge the batteries in style here, whether you’re in the mood for a quick coffee and a tasty sandwich or a full-on epicurean extravaganza.

    You’ll love the selection of drinks and food that will be available, and of course you’ll be able to savour your choices in a hugely impressive setting. The views overlooking the waterfront will be spectacular, making every breaktime a thing of beauty. Vistas of the iconic River Tay will be dramatic, and when the new marina is completed they will be even more delightful.

    When the announcement about our new restaurant is made, you can be sure that the buzz which surrounds Water’s Edge will be even more emphatic. In the meantime, all we can say is watch this space…