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‘Million for a Morgue’ campaign underway for Dundee anatomy centre

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July 11 2012

‘Million for a Morgue’ campaign underway for Dundee anatomy centre
Several leading crime writers, led by Val McDermid, have joined forces to back the ‘Million for a Morgue’ campaign run by the University of Dundee.

This invites the public to vote for their favourite author, with the morgue being named after the most popular writer - currently Tess Gerritsen..

The fundraising effort is needed to erect a purpose built Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University, part of wider expansion plans for the College of Life Sciences.

Designed by Wellwood Lesley Architects the mortuary and laboratory facility will work on the identification of bodies both at home and abroad.

It will be integrated within the existing Medical Sciences Institute and be a centre for excellence in the process of Thiel embalming.

The University of Dundee has already pledged £1.5m toward the project and site clearance works have already been completed, meaning construction could start as soon as the £1m target is reached.

An additional £10m is required to develop the rest of the centre at a future date.

Separate plans to erect a £12.5m BMJ designed  life sciences research base are already underway.
The facility will need to accomodate specialised lifting equipment, chemical stores and embalming preparation areas
The facility will need to accomodate specialised lifting equipment, chemical stores and embalming preparation areas
Thiel embalming involves immersing cadavers in fluid for up to two months
Thiel embalming involves immersing cadavers in fluid for up to two months

9 Comments

Auntie Nairn
#1 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 12 Jul 2012 at 10:43 AM
Rather than naming the buiilding after a crime writer, surely it should be investigated for crimes against Dundee
Ian Rankin
#2 Posted by Ian Rankin on 12 Jul 2012 at 10:49 AM
Judging by the second image, even the building looks ambivalent about the design. Why not make it a nice smiley face?
dirige
#3 Posted by dirige on 12 Jul 2012 at 11:03 AM
I wouldnt be seen dead in that building
calembour
#4 Posted by calembour on 12 Jul 2012 at 11:17 AM
They need to 'urn' £1.5m before building starts...
Trombe Wall
#5 Posted by Trombe Wall on 12 Jul 2012 at 12:29 PM
Who is undertaking this project?
John Shepherd
#6 Posted by John Shepherd on 12 Jul 2012 at 14:32 PM
I was going to suggest Ian Rankin, but I see he's already suggesting a re-design!
Ben Tennison
#7 Posted by Ben Tennison on 27 Aug 2012 at 16:50 PM
One for the Ben 10 fans - Echo Echo anyone?
Ben
#8 Posted by Ben on 27 Aug 2012 at 17:14 PM
Wellwood Leslie Ben 10 Fans? Echo Echo the Building!
Mr Echo
#9 Posted by Mr Echo on 27 Aug 2012 at 17:25 PM
Agreed - Dead ringer

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