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July 3 2020

Residential ambition harboured for Dundee Custom House

Planning and listed building consent is being sought to create 20 flats within Dundee's former Custom House and Harbour Chambers, alongside a further 29 flats in twin new-build blocks.

Languishing in disuse since 2008 the dockside property has suffered from recurring leaks, prompting owners Alicydon to pursue a new long term use for the structure.

Developed by jmarchitects the latest plans follow stalled attempts to open a hotel within the landmark and would see the A-listed building subdivided while retaining features such as Port Authority crests, plastered vestibules and timber panelling.

In tandem with these moves, two new buildings would rise, formed from brickwork panels and precast detailing these would flank the Custom House to the east and west, the former element rising directly from the current ground floor.

In a statement, the architects explained: "Our plan on this gable is to retain the lower single-storey facade and to develop a plan that uses the existing ground floor wall as the facade for a ground floor apartment which is then extruded upward into a 4 storey new build gable over the retained existing facade. Like the western gable treatment, we intend this new gable will ‘twin’ with the existing gable and form a new urban gateway marker in the city."

These designs will accommodate future development in the locality with a possible realignment of the site boundary, enabling the Custom House to serve as an eastern bookend for any Dock Street masterplan.

Alicydon acquired the property from Apex Hotels earlier this year
Alicydon acquired the property from Apex Hotels earlier this year
Calcutta Lane will be retained and incorporated within the site landscaping
Calcutta Lane will be retained and incorporated within the site landscaping

4 Comments

Oor Wullie
#1 Posted by Oor Wullie on 3 Jul 2020 at 16:42 PM
Jings! It's a major snoozefest!

Help ma boab, could ye's no get any more exciting bricks than that?
Designer
#2 Posted by Designer on 3 Jul 2020 at 21:03 PM
That just looks completely uncomfortable and wrong.
Cadmonkey
#3 Posted by Cadmonkey on 5 Jul 2020 at 15:01 PM
Were seagull resting shelves insisted upon by SNH?
Auntie Nairn
#4 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 6 Jul 2020 at 22:51 PM
Ooofff, obviously new development shouldn't be a pastiche, but that junction between the existing ground floor and new above is awful.

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