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Dundee pub to make way for shops and flats

October 12 2018

Dundee pub to make way for shops and flats

The days of a disused Dundee pub look to be numbered following submission of plans by Jon Frullani Architect for its demolition and replacement with four shops and nine flats.

The Rock Public House on Dickson Avenue has been earmarked for the build, signalling the end for the unprepossessing single-storey brick-built structure.

In its place will rise a two and three storey brick structure with floor to ceiling windows with south facing balconies providing occupants with views across the Tay Estuary.

In a statement the architect wrote: “The building has been designed and positioned on the application site to minimise any impact on the amenity of the existing flatted building to the west in terms of overlooking, overshadowing and physical impact. At its eastern end the building steps up to 3 storeys to provide a presence through the creation of a landmark building at a prominent curve on the Dickson Avenue streetscape. The scale, massing, design, location and finish of the building have evolved to signify a transition in land uses on the Dickson Avenue streetscape.”

Site constraints preclude inclusion of gardens but residents will have access to an existing car parking to the north.

Solar panels will be installed on the roof of the building to keep energy bills in check
Solar panels will be installed on the roof of the building to keep energy bills in check


#1 Posted by CM on 12 Oct 2018 at 13:01 PM
Yellow brick, empty retail units... I approve.
Iain Duerr
#2 Posted by Iain Duerr on 12 Oct 2018 at 13:09 PM
Right, the predominant brick colour used in Menzieshill is an ochre/brown shade, so this building would fail to respect its surroundings in that respect. Additionally, the adjacent flats are clad with roughcast (subject to cladding application), so it doesn't go with them either!

The scale, massing etc, all fine, as is the active frontage/shop units. But there's a danger that the area could become visually disjointed, with the deeply unattractive new primary school and the new community centre nearby all wildly different to each other in appearance.

Refine the design slightly, and it will complement the surroundings well.
Architectural Bants
#3 Posted by Architectural Bants on 12 Oct 2018 at 13:39 PM
Can't wait for the Architectural Elitists comments on this *rubs hands emoji*
Architectural Elitist
#4 Posted by Architectural Elitist on 12 Oct 2018 at 15:05 PM
The 'Aaltoesque' heterotropic ordering/disjunction of the modulation of scale fair makes me weep.
How's that then, 'Bants'?
#5 Posted by mick on 15 Oct 2018 at 14:07 PM
Amazing as Dundee is a non mining area because this application is the PITS. It really is that bad...SHAME ON ALL INVOLVED......

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