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June 14 2018

Dockside affordable homes in the works for Dundee
Vacant ground on Dundee’s City Quay is to be taken forward as affordable housing following the submission of new plans by JM Architects on behalf of Victoria Dock and Hillcrest Housing Association.

The pairing are looking to deliver 122 waterfront flats spread across two blocks of up to seven storeys, enclosing a parking and amenity space and including one ground floor commercial unit, on land sandwiched between South Victoria Road and Marine Parade Walk.

Documenting their vision the architects wrote of their proposal: “Our proposals relate to the adjacent urban developments whilst being sensitive to the lower height historic mews at Chandlers Lane. It introduces an open green space into the heart of the plan and affords all apartments garden or sea views.”

The site is a key component of Dundee’s waterfront masterplan which seeks to restore the city’s waterfront to prominence.

Subject to approval work could start by the end of the year, ready for occupation by tenants from late 2020.
Homes will bring new life to the long-standing gap-site
Homes will bring new life to the long-standing gap-site
Properties will be delivered in two separate phases
Properties will be delivered in two separate phases

7 Comments

Gandalf the Pink
#1 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 14 Jun 2018 at 13:39 PM
This could be excellent.

Well done Dundee for realising the potential of the riverside location and for the wonderful mixed use space they are creating.

This could well be an excellent example for the rest of Scotland (particularly Glasgow) to find inspiration.
Mac Mac
#2 Posted by Mac Mac on 14 Jun 2018 at 16:10 PM
I'm slightly un inspired by this. One small ground floor commercial space does not really constitute a 'Mixed Use' scheme in the true sense and then there is the parking screen at ground floor right next to the water, not exactly engaging if you are walking along the waterfront. It would appear that this is the 2nd half hearted scheme in Dundee by JM Architects. Though saying that it is slightly better than the recent context.
TepidMouse
#3 Posted by TepidMouse on 14 Jun 2018 at 16:46 PM
Those flats looks utterly abysmal. Like a cheap travelodge hotel or a Moscow low rise block. Is this the best we can do?
Phil Stirling
#4 Posted by Phil Stirling on 15 Jun 2018 at 08:00 AM
Not sure if I've ever flats like that in Moscow. Could do with the addition of a roof terrace ??
Robert
#5 Posted by Robert on 15 Jun 2018 at 15:36 PM
Mediocre...
Hate Architecture wannabes!
#6 Posted by Hate Architecture wannabes! on 16 Jun 2018 at 19:55 PM
All these suggestions that the flats look bad or cheap...there affordable homes!!! If you put nice cladding, expensive fixtures and balconies they don’t become affordable...

If anyone making stupid comments like the above want to help the association building them fund additional alterations to make them more pleasing then please do not hesitate to get in touch with them!!!
Everyone's a critic
#7 Posted by Everyone's a critic on 22 Jun 2018 at 12:01 PM
Same old same old from comments on here. I think people just think there is a bottomless pot of money to build exceptional architecture.

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