MORE than £2million of landscaping improvements in the heart of Dundee are nearing completion, it was announced today.
The programme to create new landscaping, lighting, drainage and other improvements to the City Square is being carried out by Dundee City Council to ensure that there will be areas of newly laid paving for the graduation ceremonies next week.
It has become a tradition for students, parents and friends to gather in the City Square before and after graduations from the city’s college and universities.
Lord Provost Bob Duncan said: “A great deal of work is going on elsewhere in the city, particularly in the Waterfront area, so we felt it was crucial that other prominent parts of Dundee are equally attractive for visitors and local people.
“City Square has always been a gathering place and with these improvements, I am sure that it will attract even more people who want to sit, chat, eat and enjoy the atmosphere.”
He added: “Improved drainage and work on waterproofing the roof of the underground garage also means that this contract will safeguard the square for future generations.”
A city council spokesman explained: “Tayside Contracts are doing the work which includes new paving, up-rated drainage, water and electrical supply, wall mounted lighting, hard and soft landscaping and the replacement of the Caird Hall steps and new and improved disabled access. Hard landscaping work is being completed and planters and seating have already started to arrive.
“The fountains are being re-lined and the steps to Castle Street and Crichton Street are to be veneered. Finishing touches will include replacement of the existing canopies covering the top half of both sets of steps and new signage.”