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Dundee Museum of Transport

Having opened its doors to the public in 2014 Dundee Museum of Transport has positioned itself as one of the most popular things to see and do in Dundee.

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Executive support

Dundee Museum of Transport in numbers:

1970

24000

£3.77

million pounds
of investment

potential new jobs

projected annual
economic impact

Scope of work

Relocation support

In 2015 the museum purchased a former Victorian tram depot in the city with the intention of restoring it and making it the museum’s new home. After a number of years and attempts to progress the project the museum board engaged Xcentuate in April 2022 with the remit of making its relocation happen.

Project insight

A structural engineering inspection of the building in late 2022 identified changes in the roof structure that threatened the near-term integrity of the Victorian structure. Having only been appointed a few months earlier our first task was to raise sufficient funds to be able to allow roof repairs to proceed. Working at speed we were able to raise over £270,000 within a few months and the essential works were duly undertaken and completed in June 2023.

Funding

Since being appointed the Xcentuate team have raised over £2.2m towards the project and have over £2m in additional applications in the pipeline. Our earliest action was to divide the project into two phases, the first to restore the Victorian half of the building and deliver the museum’s move at a projected cost of £3.5m. Phase two will restore the balance of the building and create vehicle storage, archive space, workshop facilities and a range of staff, volunteer and community spaces at a projected cost of £2m.

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Next steps

We have worked with the museum’s architect to secure planning permission for the whole project and have developed a concept design for the new exhibition space. This will shortly enter its next stage of development.

Our focus for the rest of the project is more fundraising, supporting the recently extended project team and advancing detailed plans to support the full transition of the museum by spring 2026.

While our scope of work is to deliver the museum’s move, we have also provided executive level support over the last eighteen months, something that has allowed the museum to remain open and to continue operating and serving visitors safely.

 

While Dundee Museum of Transport is one of the smallest clients we have worked for their project is incredibly exciting and holds great potential to unlock wider benefits for its surrounding community.

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