Urban Tree Planting at Dundee Waterfront - GreenBlue Urban

Dundee Waterfront


Dundee is Scotland's 4th largest city, located on the north bank of the firth of Tay feeding into the North Sea. In the late 12th century Dundee established itself as an important east coast trading port.  The industrial revolution saw rapid growth and come the 19th century Dundee become the centre of the global jute industry.

Today much has changed with biomedical and technical industries high on the agenda, two Universities (Dundee & Abertay) and UNESCO recognition into its fields of research.

Back in 2001, the city adopted a master plan to reinvent itself as a cultural centre connecting the city to the Waterfront, Europe’s most extensive transformation project at the time totalling over £1billion. The 30 year scheme encompasses 240 hectares of developable land sectioned into five focussed zone phases.  The vision for this project was to transform Dundee to a desired and welcoming destination for both business commuters and visitors. Steeped in history, civil infrastructure, and hospitality Dundee has transformed itself into a rising city with The Wall Street Journal ranking Dundee at number 5 on its "Worldwide Host Destinations" list in 2018.

The City also prides itself on its Green Network "a network of green infrastructure in the city to be enjoyed, cared for and valued" a host of cycle routes for those using the National Cycle Network and Dundee's Green Circular cycleway, along with walkways ribboned with green infrastructure contributing to the initiative of lowering carbon mitigation and creating a;

Greener, Healthier, Sustainable Dundee.
Working alongside Dundee City Council and contractors Sir Robert McAlpine, GreenBlue assisted during the early design stages right through to installation, ensuring the 100+ trees planted into this region would have the required soil volumes for the trees to establish and thrive. Collaboratively, we designed the interlinked trenches consisting of our StrataCell - load bearing soil cell mirroring the forest floor beneath ground that these trees so desperately need to advance and succeed. Dundee City Council have led the transformation project and acknowledge importance of Scottish Government's investment into new areas of the public realm.

GreenBlue were also enthused to have been involved in a 2nd phase focus zone, The Victoria and Albert Museum. Located on Dundee’s waterfront, opened on the 15th September 2018, the museum has become a design international hub within Scotland. Funding for this scheme was administered through both public and private donations such as the Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland and multiple charitable organisations.

Construction was completed in 2017 and today the museum stands as a showcase landmark feature on the waters edge. The Betula Pendula (Silver Birch) trees planted outside the museum surround a seating area that allows for both canopy cover during the wetter and summer months, and adopts the flow of a soothing and calm experience in the interior and exterior of the museum. The planting sits flush with the newly laid paving offering a high-quality finish by using the Castle Tray Grille and slick RootRain Arborvent aeration system, maintaining long term soil health and fertility by facilitating high volumes of nutrients and oxygen to reach the tree rooting area within the StrataCell directly.

During completion, the scheme prevailed as GreenBlue’s biggest project to date and a regeneration plan we were proud to be involved with. As a consequence, the masterplan implementation in Dundee has been able to offer an exceptional 7000 extra jobs within the City, with the cultural landscape inspiring generations and demonstrating Scotland's supremacy legacy of design.