A waterfront zoning plan was originally created in 1993, and in 2008 the City decided it should be updated every ten years. The current consultation concerns the new version of the Vision 2020 for the 520 miles of waterfront, a document dating back to 2011. This summer, a variety of public workshops were organised for “Living and Playing at the Waterfront”, “Working at the Waterfront”, “Restoring and Recreation”, “Adapting our Waterfront” (to climate change).
The project is inspired by the coal wharf and the natural landscape. Some 140 homes, along with offices, shops and a public square will be created on the eight-hectare site. The agreement also covers a wider masterplan involving 300 homes, a hotel, a watersports hub, and a listed building. The project was designed in conjunction with the municipality, heritage bodies and the local community.
Dialog has created a mixed-use development building on the site’s strong identity and heritage. This is particularly true of Shipyards Commons, one of the workshops that has been restored and now houses leisure activities. With shops and restaurants, public spaces and promenades, a small hotel, markets, exhibitions and festivals, the district has gained a new lease of life since the summer.