Proposal for former Dundee College to become student housing put forward

Proposal for former Dundee College to become student housing put forward

The former Dundee College, a long-abandoned site, is set for a significant transformation after Scodd Ltd unveiled plans to convert the building into student accommodation comprising 409 studio rooms.

Having stood vacant on 30 Constitution Road since 2003, the building’s revival is now a step closer with the submission of a change-of-use application, steered by HTC Architects.

This new vision aims to reinvent the site, originally built in 1969, by capitalising on its existing architectural assets while integrating contemporary design elements. A key part of the transformation is an enhanced public realm to amplify its surroundings, signalling the end of its 20-year dereliction.

The proposal includes a strategic relocation of the main entrance to Constitution Road and the introduction of a multi-purpose ‘festival’ zone. This space will serve as an amalgamation of an informal study area, breakout space, and games room.

A nod to the building’s original architecture is an integral part of the design strategy, as revealed in the design statement. The architects aim to celebrate its unique structure by restoring the lower sections of the concrete frame, making it a key design feature. They plan to breathe new life into the existing facades through an “substantial refurbishment utilising high-quality glazing and contemporary rain screen panels”.

A significant part of the development includes replacing the link building between both towers with a new structure to enhance connectivity. The new structure will feature a distinctive “jute weave” pattern, using bold colours to break up the elevations. This change involves stripping the current structure down to its frame and removing all non-load-bearing elements. This will facilitate an internal reorganisation to accommodate the 409 studio rooms. Additionally, the plan aims to incorporate a top-floor extension.

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