Iconic build­ing could get new lease of life

Plan­ning: Fresh pro­pos­als lodged for for­mer Dundee Col­lege cam­pus

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This idea of ser­viced apart­ments for short­term stays will hope­fully draw more peo­ple to Dundee. ELAINE PRATT

An iconic Dundee build­ing which has fea­tured in the city’s sky­line for more than four decades is set for a new lease of life.

Fresh plans to turn a for­mer Dundee Col­lege cam­pus into flats, a cinema, cafe and laun­drette have been lodged with the city coun­cil.

The cam­pus was built in 1970 and closed its doors for the fi­nal time in 2011.

Moves to trans­form the build­ing – which saw thou­sands of stu­dents en­ter its doors in its days as a col­lege – have been in the pipe­line since 2014.

In 2015, plans were sub­mit­ted by White­burn Projects to con­vert the build­ing into 110 one and two-bed­room flats and were granted plan­ning per­mis­sion in Au­gust last year.

The £15 mil­lion project was given the green light, but in sum­mer last year fac­tors in­clud­ing the UK vot­ing to leave the European Union led the in­vest­ment pool to con­clude that putting money into prop­erty in Dundee was re­garded as hav­ing a higher-risk pro­file and the funds were no longer avail­able.

If ap­proved, the lat­est plans – sub­mit­ted by Vox­cap In­vest­ments (Dundee) Lim­ited – would see the for­mer ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity at Constitution Road turned into 111 apart­ments and 24 short-stay ser­viced apart­ments.

In­cluded in the lat­est ap­pli­ca­tion are im­ages of how the pro­posed site could look.

Cov­er­ing an area of 2.26 acres, the site would in­clude pri­vate rented ac­com­mo­da­tion and short-stay apart­ments.

The west wing of the de­vel­op­ment would com­prise solely res­i­den­tial apart­ments while the east wing would be made up of a mix of res­i­den­tial and ser­viced ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Elaine Pratt, com­mu­nity of­fi­cer for Cold­side, said she was pleased to hear about the new pro­pos­als and the longterm fu­ture of the for­mer cam­pus.

She said: “It cer­tainly sounds very in­ter­est­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, the cam­pus has turned into the ele­phant in the room. The site has been tar­geted by van­dals.

“The new pro­pos­als sound very in­ter­est­ing and it’s bril­liant to hear about any­thing which will en­sure some­thing is done with the site longterm.

“This idea of ser­viced apart­ments for short-term stays will hope­fully draw more peo­ple to Dundee.

“The site at the for­mer col­lege cam­pus is very unique – some peo­ple have sug­gested at cer­tain an­gles it has sim­i­lar­i­ties to the V&A build­ing.”

In April, po­lice and se­cu­rity of­fi­cials were called in amid claims gangs of youths were break­ing into the col­lege.

Elaine added: “I know in some quar­ters there have been calls for the site to be de­mol­ished and re­moved com­pletely.

“I wel­come the pro­posed plans and any­thing which will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity of Cold­side in the long-term.”

Pic­ture: courtesy of Kep­pie.

An artist’s im­pres­sions of how the for­mer col­lege build­ing at Constitution Road could look if trans­formed into flats and a cinema.

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