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October 15 2014

Dundee office re-clad to usher in new Hampton by Hilton hotel
Planning permission is being sought by JSY Partnership for the extension and re-clad of Argyll and Waverley House on Dundee's Westmarketgait, opposite the new Council HQ, to form a 105 bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel.

The Lindsay Gray Alan Beaton Partnership have been brought onboard to oversee the scheme, which will retain the existing structure, floor slab and roofs on both office blocks prior to being combined and clad in sandstone and render to create an homogenous whole.

In their design statement the architects said: “The massing of the building was pre-determined by the structure of the existing commercial building, so great care was taken with finishes, cladding, material and fenestration to ensure that the finished product inter-related with other built elements, as well as being pleasing to the eye.”

Work on the conversion could begin by 2015.
Both office blocks will be conjoined if the change of use application is accepted
Both office blocks will be conjoined if the change of use application is accepted
Neither existing building is of any architectural merit
Neither existing building is of any architectural merit

12 Comments

james
#1 Posted by james on 15 Oct 2014 at 14:55 PM
'Neither existing building is of any architectural merit' and neither is the proposed, but the existing, if anything, would be preferable.
themadattic
#2 Posted by themadattic on 15 Oct 2014 at 15:20 PM
Oh dear! What is with Dundee and ugly hotels? The old Hilton (previously Stakis Earl Grey hotel) was a blot on the landscape. The holiday Inn is not much better. Such a shame given the prominence of the site.
George
#3 Posted by George on 15 Oct 2014 at 16:52 PM
Pleasing to the eye you say....!!!
Stewart
#4 Posted by Stewart on 15 Oct 2014 at 19:27 PM
A massive improvement on what is there at the moment!
badidea
#5 Posted by badidea on 16 Oct 2014 at 13:50 PM
It would make a vast improvement on the current building but i do wonder if the people behind this have given the proposed use any thought whatsoever!? - there are two very busy nightclubs right next to the site and hundreds (maybe even thousands) of boozed up youngsters pour out onto the street every single night and they do not leave the area quickly and quietly. There is also the small matter of the 24hr casino across the road. This site needs improving but i really do wonder whether a hotel will be successful given the noise and mess.
clade-oh
#6 Posted by clade-oh on 16 Oct 2014 at 17:35 PM
Not that 'well it's better than what is currently there' should really be used as a valid justification or design arguement.. But how exactly is this in any way 'better than what's already there'? it's just not.
Rem-Job
#7 Posted by Rem-Job on 17 Oct 2014 at 08:51 AM
'101 things I chose to ignore at architecture school'......
the sultan of brooneye
#8 Posted by the sultan of brooneye on 17 Oct 2014 at 14:12 PM
Well slap my vein and spike up. I don't know what you're all complaining about.

I think "the finished product inter-relates with other built elements."
George
#9 Posted by George on 17 Oct 2014 at 16:51 PM
Fully agree clade-oh - is that the limit of what is trying to be achieved - "better than what is there already". A sad day....
the sultan of brooneye
#10 Posted by the sultan of brooneye on 17 Oct 2014 at 17:36 PM
Well slap my vein and spike up. I don't know what you're all complaining about.

I think "the finished product inter-relates with other built elements."
Stewart
#11 Posted by Stewart on 17 Oct 2014 at 18:52 PM
The reason that its better is because it is bringing two city centre buildings which are completly vacant back into full use.....
Sven
#12 Posted by Sven on 19 Oct 2014 at 20:18 PM
"The reason that its better is because it is bringing two city centre buildings which are completly[sic] vacant back into full use....."

That is not logical and a race to the bottom. It would be preferable to a more aesthetically pleasing building to be built rather than trying to apply lipstick to a corpse.

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