A sustainability enhancement framework for the Dundee central waterfront development

Daniel Gilmour, David Blackwood, Les Banks, Fergus Wilson

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    The paper presents ongoing research to develop a Sustainability Enhancement Framework for the major Dundee Central Waterfront urban redevelopment project. The enhancement concept recognises a need to ensure that sustainability is considered in decision making at all stages of major projects to ensure a more sustainable outcome overall. The paper will describe a set of procedures, developed by the authors and drawn from IT and knowledge management fields, to ensure the effective incorporation of the sustainability throughout the Waterfront Project decision making processes. The procedures include the production of Information Flow Diagrams to identify the wide range of stakeholders involved in the project and their means of interaction and Decision Flow Maps to identify and categorise the use of the information by the stakeholders. The paper will review current sustainability indicators related to infrastructure provision in the UK and Europe, emerging indicators from Scottish Executive, EU commission and research groups and will present a set of indicators suitable for enhancing the sustainability of the Waterfront Project. Two related sets of Indicators are proposed-Strategic ‘Sustainable Development Benchmark Indicators’ to monitor the overall sustainability of Waterfront Development as it progresses and’Project level Indicators’ to help make each decision within individual projects relatively more sustainable. Conclusions are drawn on the appropriateness of the indicators for assessing sustainable infrastructure provision and on the success of implementing the Sustainability Enhancement Framework.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment
    EditorsM. Horner, C. Hardcastle, A. Price, J. Bebbington
    Place of PublicationGlasgow
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9781905866137
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventSUE-MoT Conference 2007: International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment - Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 27 Jun 200729 Jun 2007


    ConferenceSUE-MoT Conference 2007
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Knowledge management
    • Stakeholder participation
    • Sustainability metrics and indicators
    • Dundee
    • Waterfront


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