Art and infrastructure stimulating growth.
Hospitalfield was delighted to host representatives from the Tay Cities Deal leadership group on Friday 17 November to discuss our project which is featured in the multi-million Tay Cities Deal.
The Tay Cities Deal is a negotiation with UK and Scottish Governments to secure £1b planned investment, over 10 years, and greater local powers to deliver a smarter and fairer region. It brings together public, private and voluntary organisations in the council areas of Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross with a focus on encouraging skills development and improvements in infrastructure.
During the leadership group visit Lucy Byatt, Hospitalfield Director, outlined the centre’s plans for the future.
“Hospitalfield is a nationally important centre for art and culture. Our ambition is to be not only a world class facility for cultural ideas but also a fantastic place for visitors. By combining capital investment with a clear vision for contemporary cultural programming Hospitalfield will be an exciting part of the Tay Cities tourism offering.”
Cllr Ian Campbell, leader of Perth & Kinross Council said:
“Cultural tourism is a central part of our Tay Cities proposals. We want visitors to have a memorable time at all of our art, design and performance venues, enjoying both unique buildings and extraordinary cultural experiences.”
Underpinning the ambitious Hospitalfield project is economic sustainability and partnership working with other cultural centres across the region and beyond.
Fife Council’s Cllr Karen Marjoram, Tay Cities Joint Committee member said:
“Ambitious developments such as this are at the heart of the Tay Cities Deal, which will make our area fairer and more prosperous. Through working together, we can attract jobs and funding on a scale which will build a region fit for the 21st Century.”
During the visit to Angus the group also heard more about another key proposal, which is the creation of a new Montrose to A90 investment corridor.
Speaking from Montrose Port, one of the key players in the emerging public/private sector North Angus partnership, Angus Council leader Bob Myles said:
“The creation of a Montrose to A90 investment corridor will open up new development land for commercial, housing, leisure and tourism sites. That offers huge potential for sustainable growth and job creation across the whole area, it is a once in a generation opportunity.”
Nicholas Scott-Gray, chief executive of Montrose Port Authority , said:
“The improved connectivity that the infrastructure development will deliver, will increase opportunities for trade, investment and access to employment for the whole area.”
John Alexander, council leader in Dundee said:
“The project will also help accelerate house building across the area, by offering new opportunities for housing land associated with the project. That’s good news for the construction industry and for families keen to live here.”
Hospitalfield’s Future Plan includes a 5 year capital investment programme that will be delivered in several stages. The scheme will enable the organisation to offer artists excellent studio, exhibition and residential facilities and make it possible for visitors to enjoy the cultural programmes, house and gardens throughout the year. The design team is led by Caruso St John with garden design by Nigel Dunnett. Hospitalfield is a Tay Cities Deal Project. Other stakeholders and funders include Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.