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DUNDEE MILL TO BECOME ONE OF BRITAIN’S LARGEST CULTURAL SPACES (THE SPACES)

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In addition to the V&A Dundee, opening in 2018, the Scottish city is to gain ‘one of the largest creative spaces in the UK’ when a 19th century mill is redeveloped later this year.

A project to turn West Ward Works, a 200,000-square-foot printing press in a former mill, into a major cultural centre has been announced.

“This exciting project will build on Dundee’s incredible track record of design-led regeneration,” says David Cook, the project’s recently-appointed director. “West Ward has huge potential and could become one of the largest creative spaces in the UK. The next phase of its development will demonstrate the demand for this venture and the potential economic, social and cultural impacts for the city and beyond.”

The space, originally constructed as Dundee’s first fireproof mill in 1806, was bought by DC Thomson, the publisher behind children’s comic Beano, in the 1950s. At its height, more than five million books were printed every year, but the press closed in 2010 and the building lay empty until the inaugural Dundee Design Festival in May 2016.