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Eden Project Dundee given the green light as planning application is approved

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Eden Project Dundee
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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
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January 2026
Nicoll Russell Studio, Expedition Engineering, GROSS.MAX, Atelier Ten, Buro Happold, WSP, Charcoalblue, Art of Fact, AECOM
Eden Project International Limited
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Regenerative Design & Sustainability, Arts & Culture, Community

Eden Project Dundee has been granted planning permission after a decision was made at a meeting of Dundee City Council this week.The decision follows an intensive period of community engagement and co-creation which saw the Eden Project team host events across Dundee with comments and feedback on the project being incorporated into the planning application.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) is leading the architectural design and masterplanning for the development, specialising in creating sustainable and environmentally conscious designs and engaging with the local community to ensure the project reflects residents’ needs.

Rachel Sayers, Partner at FCBStudios said: “We are so pleased for the city of Dundee that this landmark project to transform the gas works into a beacon for regeneration can go forward. Bringing this vision to life will create a lasting positive impact for the city”.

Eden Project Dundee will be a landmark development for the city, transforming the former gasworks on East Dock Street into a beacon for regeneration and green tourism. It will encourage visitors to think, feel and act differently by revealing how we can learn from and be inspired by nature.

The project will combine exhibits, performances, learning, play, immersive experiences, world-class horticulture, live music, art, and food, beverage and retail spaces, all integrated as essential parts of the overall experience.

Work to create an Eden Project on this site will include the conversion of the existing gasholder, demolition of other buildings on the site and the construction of a pedestrian bridge.

The project is also inspired by Dundee’s Nine Incorporated Trades and will introduce a new set of contemporary Guilds. These Guilds will be underpinned by the perspectives and skills needed for a regenerative future.

Guild Embassies – both physical and virtual - will be rooted in communities and enable activities that will be brought together and showcased at the main attraction.

Blair Parkin, the Eden Project’s Chief Experience Development Officer, said: “We are delighted that Dundee City Council has granted us planning permission for Eden Project Dundee.

“This is a major milestone for the project and the culmination of years of hard work by the Eden Project team, our partners in Dundee and the community who have engaged with us so generously. This is a project for Dundee, by Dundee and we are incredibly proud of the work we have undertaken together to get the project to this stage.

“We will allow ourselves a moment of celebration, but we are well aware there is still lots to do to make Eden Project Dundee a reality. We will now concentrate on working with all our partners, progressing the design, securing investment and continuing to deliver our community programmes in the city.”

Dundee City Council leader, Councillor John Alexander, said: “The Eden Project is a further example of the city's ambitious regeneration drive.

“The project will help deliver hundreds of jobs, huge visitor numbers and tens of millions of pounds for the local economy. But it will also provide new educational opportunities and seek to build on efforts within our communities, well beyond the site boundary.

“It will attract people from far and wide, as well as being very much for the citizens of Dundee. It was great to see so many locals helping to shape the proposals which were approved tonight.

“The planning process is only one part of a much longer journey, however. All partners are aware that the hard work really starts now to ensure that we make this world-class, transformative project a reality.”

Professor Iain Gillespie, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee, said, “This is a major step forward for a project that will be transformative for Dundee. We look forward to helping take forward the Eden Project Dundee with our partners.”

A new film about Eden Project Dundee was premiered at the beginning of the co-creation process and is now available to watch on YouTube at https://youtu.be/nNDkvxYt268. Watch a film created by FCBStudios with Caishlan Sweeney, Project Engagement Manager, Eden Project about Reconnecting with Nature For A Regenerative Future - Eden Dundee https://vimeo.com/893683400.

The Eden Project is working in partnership with Dundee City Council, The Northwood Charitable Trust and the University of Dundee.

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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