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Plot 2


Dundee Waterfront Co

Concept 1

1. The Site




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Living Roof

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Concept 2 Large Windows


Retail Space

Map showing the site and its location within Dundee. (Digimap,2013)

The present function of the site is to serve as a 120 space car park. There is also an electricity sub-station on the site which provides a function in itself. The form of the site is currently suitable for building works to commence as the site is covered in material rock based type 1. Materials such as this provide adequate bases for constructing building foundations. The site also has an existing access point on Yeaman Shore and appropriate crossings FIGURE 6.1: Different images of the nearby. proposed design for the site. (Sketch Up, 2013.)

North Elevation:



The site was previously occupied by the Dundee Caledonian Rail Station. The station was the first noticeable function of the site. The station was demolished in the 1960s in order to create space for an inner city ring-road. After the construction of the new road the site has been vacant for development and has been temporarily used by the City Council as public parking facilities with 120 spaces. There have been no recent planning applications to the site and it is currently for sale.

Form & Function

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FIGURE 1.2: Timeline of the site. (Ancient Roam, 2013)

The assignment is to create a Master Plan for Plot 2 of the Dundee Waterfront Project. The Master Plan must be created through looking at the historical and existing form and function of the site, appropriate market research, assessment of relevant planning policies, identification of issues raised by the site and similar case studies. Through this process a Master Plan to create a replacement public library for the city and a new office block with retail units was created. The proposal does not contain any parking facilities due to the proximity to public transport services and within a 2 minute walk from the existing Greenmarket 520 space Wind Turbines Council car park. The proposal also hosts a public plaza between the 2 buildings.


History of the Site

The site is part of the Dundee Waterfront project.


Central plaza to reduce enclosure.

Footbridge connecting buildings.


South Elevation:


Leisure Office Retail

Map showing the site and neighbouring land functions.(DigiMap, 2013). FIGURE 1.4:

The Caledonian Rail Station before demolition. (Scotland’s Places, 2013).

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Library Space

Progression: 35m


The 2 initial concepts have been developed to provide a more practical layout and design for the buildings. Rather than having 1 of the concepts on the site both concepts have been merged to form one large complex with a footbridge connecting the 2 buildings. The buildings will be faced with white cladding and treated wood. These materials will give the building a modern image which will make it blend in to the wider waterfront. The roof of the building will be traditional slate to link with the wider city centre.

Concept 1 is designed to look like an up-turned boat to compliment the RRS Discovery and to recognise the historical function of the site as a dock. Concept 2 is designed to contain design features of the Train Station which once stood on the site.

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Library viewed from above (BDP, 2012).

Cardiff Central Library was built as part of St. David’s redevelopment scheme. The £15million project incorporates green features such as a living roof. The highly sustainable design has also resulted in the building receiving a BREEAM ‘excellent’ grade. This links to the library proposal as it incorporates green design and is part of a redevelopment scheme; the Dundee Waterfront.

The proposal is to create a library of 1900m², 2 retail units each of 1 2 1 m ² a n d o ff i c e s p a c e comprising of 3200m². The development will be called Caledonian Library and Yeaman House.

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Key words related to Dundee are on walls.

FIGURE 4.3: Streetscape of the existing buildings neighbouring the Northern and Eastern boundaries of the site.

Solar panels and a turbine on site.

Streetscape The buildings surrounding the site range in height from 3 to 7 storeys. Figure 4.4 shows the existing buildings on the Northern and Southern boundaries and calculates a proposed maximum building height for the site in a way which will compliment the existing streetscape and the wider Dundee Waterfront proposals.

Street Design Hierarchy Street Structure Issues Street design should be inclusive, providing for all people regardless of age or ability. Street patterns on site should be fully integrated with surrounding networks. The urban form should be distinctive with landmarks providing good orientation. Street designs should provide connectivity for all modes of movement. Street layouts should be favoured towards pedestrians. Orientation of buildings should maximise environmental benefits.

Street Layout Issues Design should be used to influence driver behaviour. Streets should allow and encourage social interactions. Parking facilities should have little visual impact. Junctions should be designed with the needs of the pedestrian as a priority. Junctions should suit context and urban form.

Street Detail Issues Services should not determine layout. Should not be obstructed or cluttered. FIGURE 4.4:

Diagram showing the proposed maximum building height.

FIGURE 4.5: Street Design Hierarchy. Information obtained from Designing Streets. (Scottish Government, 2010).

Office Space

FIGURE 2.3: Image of the existing Dundee Central Library.(Leisure & Culture Dundee, 2013)

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Planning Policies

The Dundee LDP 2005 and TAYplan SDP 2012 should be considered when planning for the site. The main policies of relevance for the Dundee LDP are policies 17 and 28. Policy 28 will be relevant as if a library is constructed on site this will aid the cultural quarter of the city. Policy 17 is relevant as if office space is used on the site this may aid the Higher Education businesses in the area. The LDP also highlights the area as part of the retail core. TAYp l a n policies 2 and 3 are also relevant as they link to Policy 16 in the LDP Site which identifies development land. FIGURE 3.1: Map showing retail priorities. (Dundee Council, 2005).

Image highlighting where the existing office space is currently located. (Bing, 2013).

Dundee has an increasing creative industries sector. This is largely aided by the universities and the creative reputation of the area. The waterfront development in the city also aims to bring many other types of businesses to Dundee. Due to the levels of business and expected demand on office space anticipated in the next few years, office space would be well suited on this site due to its proximity to the city centre and public transport hubs. FIGURE 2.2: Neighbouring Office Building to the Site.

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Neighbouring Ages


Image showing the existing enclosure of Union Street.

The existing Union Street is around 15-20m wide. Figure 3.3 shows that the proposal will compliment this and continue a uniform extension to the street to minimise en-


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Cardiff Library Entrance (BDP, 2012).

Cardiff Library





Design Strategy




Dundee Central Library was the most visited library in Scotland in 2012-13 with 779,424 visitors. This was an increase of 13% from previous years suggesting that the demand for library space in the city centre is increasing. The existing library building is part of the Wellgate Centre which has recently been granted planning permission (Ref. No: 13/00407/FULL ) for a cinema to be developed. This could create an opportunity for the existing library to be moved to the site.

Union Street

Plan of the Proposal showing Union Street. (Sketch-Up,2013).

0-15 years 15-40 years 40+ years


Map showing age of surrounding buildings. (Digimap, 2013).

Surrounding the site are buildings of different ages. This should be considered when creating a design.

Sean Panton-110004561

Sean Panton  

Dundee Civic Award 2014

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