‘Brutalist’ Dundee college campus set for makeover

D&A campus kingsway viewDundee and Angus College has submitted plans to transform its Kingsway Campus.

The iconic structure on the corner of Kingsway and Old Glamis Road has proved a surviving example of mid-20th-century brutalist architecture since it was opened in 1964 but is now set for a new look fit for the third millennium.

As part of the D&A College’s ten-year estate strategy, the replacing of windows at the Kingsway Campus main tower and library block was identified as a priority.

Also included in the strategy was the installation of over cladding.

Over the past eight months members of D&A College estates team have been working with designers, ARKTX Chartered Architects and the college’s own board of management to develop a draft design brief for the proposed project.

Now a planning application has been lodged with Dundee City Council along with a building warrant application.

Contractors are being invited to tender for the project this week.

The cladding should make a huge difference to the look of the building and, along with new windows, help cut the college’s carbon footprint with regard to heating costs.

“This is a really exciting prospect and project that will totally transform our Kingsway estate; enhancing the learning, teaching and working environment and also creating an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable building,” said Billy Grace, head of estates.

“While plans are at a very early stage, we are seeking full approval from our Board of Management to proceed.

“Subject to full board approval in September, we would plan to start the project in November/December this year and be completed by August 2016 – in time for the new academic year.”

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