District 10 will get you thinking outside the box - inside of a box
Even though Scotland is only a small country, we've got a global reputation for our creative industries. On top of that, we're a serious player in terms of digital business. To prove it, projects such as District 10 are springing up in Scotland which aim to support early stage creative companies.
What is District 10?
Constructed out of 37 recycled shipping containers, the first of ten buildings for early stage creative companies in the heart of Seabraes Yard is now open. The building features the use of a bookable meeting room to meet customers and a communal kitchen area to meet creative neighbours.
Dundee is renowned for its expertise in digital media and creative industries. More than 350 businesses in the sector, employing more than 3,300 people, are currently based in Dundee and the surrounding area generating a combined annual turnover in excess of £185 million.
What is Seabraes Yard?
Seabraes is one of five zones that make up the Dundee Waterfront. Dundee Waterfront is a £1 billion project spanning 240 hectares of land stretching 8km along the River Tay. It is the second largest regeneration project in Scotland and one of the top twenty such projects in the UK.
The idea is that Seabraes will become the centre of Dundee’s creative industries. It is within walking distance of the proposed V&A at Dundee, the University of Dundee/Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee Contemporary Arts and the University of Abertay Dundee.
Seabraes is also home to the award winning Dundee Science Centre.
What is Building 01?
Building 01 has been built for businesses in the creative industries - ideally for those within the early stages of growth. It's going to be a great environment for creative companies to establish themselves and make new connections. It’s thought that after 24 months these companies may look to move on to other premises allowing other early stage businesses to make use of the space.
Here's the low down:
- Building 01 is made from 37 recycled shipping containers, housing 15 lettable office units, over 3 floors
- The building has a striking appearance - 36 of the containers form the offices with one turned on its end to form the entrance lobby
- Each unit provides comfortable furnished space for up to four people
- Of the 15 lettable units, 14 are 412 square feet and one is 335 square feet
- Secure parking
- Bright and spacious units
- Each unit has kitchen facilities as well as a communal kitchen/common room for use by all occupants
- Bookable meeting room
And the specifications are:
- Power and data is supplied around the perimeter of each office
- 24 hour access
- High quality finish & design
So who's in?
Luxury luggage company LAT_56 have taken the first spot. They make modern, minimalists bags and accessories for professional cityhoppers.
Kevin Fox, founder and managing director of LAT_56, said, “We were looking for a new creative space in Scotland to HQ our design, marketing and sales activities. When we noticed the unique District 10 development via Scottish Enterprise it fitted our requirements perfectly.
"We are excited to be the first company based in Dundee’s newest waterfront development. District 10 will become the new heart of Dundee’s growing creative sector and as a brand with a strong international outlook with a constant need to be cutting edge at the highest level; I believe we are going to thrive in this fantastic location.”
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