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July 10 2018

£28.5m Dundee railway station completes

Passengers have been given their first taste of a new look Dundee railway station following completion of the £38m build by Balfour Beatty.

Over the past 32 months contractors have been rebuilding the transport hub from the concourse up with a new ticket office, café and shop with a 120-bed Sleeperz hotel occupying the three upper levels.

Joe FitzPatrick, minister for public health and sport commented: “The revitalised Dundee Station creates a gateway to the city and is an excellent example of how the industry can work in partnership with the public and private sector to deliver to wider regeneration goals. It is also delivering additional benefits through significantly increased cycle facilities, providing cycling capability to all parts of the Waterfront Development.

“The investment in this station is just one part of our efforts to build the best railway Scotland has ever had. We look forward to the delivering more services and more seats in the north east making rail travel even easier, bringing with that benefits for communities, business and tourism alike.”

Designed by Jacobs and Nicoll Russell Studios the station has been conceived as a gateway to the city and waterfront with the buildings 2,600 ton weight resting on 188 piles to elevate the structure above the tracks.

This work was further complicated by the need to maintain operations of the railway below throughout.

A curvaceous concourse whisks passengers down to platform level
A curvaceous concourse whisks passengers down to platform level
The new station will complement a soon to be completed V&A Museum
The new station will complement a soon to be completed V&A Museum

11 Comments

da
#1 Posted by da on 10 Jul 2018 at 10:32 AM
It's a stinker!
Donnie
#2 Posted by Donnie on 10 Jul 2018 at 11:57 AM
Its a cross between an East German socialist housing block, an out of town cinema building and a Las Vegas casino... A bit random but I don't actually mind it! The entrance is inviting and the massive pebble public art seating is practical (although not sure it goes exactly with the building).
Chris
#3 Posted by Chris on 10 Jul 2018 at 13:40 PM
The entrance looks great, but I'm not sold on the finish of the building as a whole.
DDr.
#4 Posted by DDr. on 10 Jul 2018 at 13:55 PM
#2 Roger that. Swap the sign with "Karl-Marx-Stadt" and see no difference.
Ghost
#5 Posted by Ghost on 10 Jul 2018 at 14:25 PM
Renzo Piano phoned from 1997- he wants his design back.
This is terrible.
Mac Mac
#6 Posted by Mac Mac on 10 Jul 2018 at 15:16 PM
Most of the money went into the steel structure that spans over the railway below.
Not perfect, but a significant improvement on what was there before.
For the critics, Dundee does not have the same budgets as Edinburgh and Glasgow for swanky luxury hotels.
Bannister Fletcher
#7 Posted by Bannister Fletcher on 10 Jul 2018 at 16:19 PM
It's jolly. that's whit it is. Jolly.
Whit's yer problem? Ah've telt ye's before over a year ago - it's:
James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates. B. Braun Melsungen AG Headquarters and Industrial Complex, Melsungen, Germany, 1993
and the Karl Marx Hof, Vienna
So ther.
get over it. it's built. move on.
Neil C
#8 Posted by Neil C on 11 Jul 2018 at 08:56 AM
Looks like something you'd see in Monsters Inc.
M is for Mungo
#9 Posted by M is for Mungo on 11 Jul 2018 at 09:01 AM
Good opportunity for a 12m high Desperate Dan lifting up the facade of the hotel public art installation...
Islands of sanity
#10 Posted by Islands of sanity on 12 Jul 2018 at 12:32 PM
Dundee , a small city, should be applauded for being this ambitious and critics should remember it is easier to destroy than to create.
Stephen R
#11 Posted by Stephen R on 12 Jul 2018 at 13:10 PM
#9 Perfect idea!

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