A successful attraction for two decades, Verdant Works in Dundee tells the story of the city’s Jute Mill history. These recent works have been carried out to rescue two listed and derelict buildings in danger of collapse, that were unable to be developed as part of the original heritage centre. A Bolton & Watt steam engine is the star object in the High Mill where the space is large enough to display industrial objects and hold evening musical performances at the same time. The architectural conservation works removed most of the upper floors, leaving an industrial cathedral in which semi translucent graphic banners inhabit the spaces between the floors.
The adjacent building is known as ‘The Glazed Alley’ where much of the original fabric has been restored and retained, with the major new feature being the ‘Red Box’, an education and learning facility to service the museum’s busy activity and events schedule.