First images of new Dundee community centre as proposal gets the green light

There are the first images showing how Dundee’s newest community centre will look in Menzieshill.

Planning permission has now been granted by city planning chiefs.

The new centre, packed with adaptable, community friendly features, will be built in front of the existing community facilities in Orleans Place, to the south of Charleston Drive.

The area of land where the redevelopment will take place.

The ground floor will feature a library and a multi-functional IT suite.

It has been suggested that both could be used by schools for both quiet and group activities.

Community groups could also use the IT suite for workshops and meetings, as it will be equipped with a projector.

The largest aspect of the new community campus is the sports area, boasting two sports halls equipped with electronic scoreboards for all sports, and electrically operated basketball nets which can drop down at the touch of a button.

An artist’s impression of inside the building

Spectators will also be able to watch games from inside the hall, as mobile seating has been incorporated into the plan that can be stowed away when not needed.

Part of the ground floor will be built underground, as it will be constructed on a slight slope.

Meanwhile, three multi-purpose meeting rooms will make up the first floor.

Developers Holmes Miller say the rooms will be made up of partitions that makes them adaptable for various community uses.

In a planning statement, the firm said: “We have attempted to identify as many opportunities as possible for flexible, multi-functional spaces by incorporating moveable partitions and minimising fixed furniture.

“This will allow the community centre to cater to a wider range of uses, whatever the space requirements of various community user groups.”

The first floor will also house a cafe, kitchen facility and gym/fitness suite.

In all, the new community centre will be 3,100 square metres and made of sandy-coloured bricks with gold metallic cladding and copper window frames — giving what the developers call a “simple yet refined appearance”.

These plans form the second phase of a three-part rejuvenation masterplan for the Menzieshill Community Centre.

How the finished building would look.

Detailed plans submitted by Holmes Miller in August show that it intends to partially demolish the existing retail units and health centre.

In their place, a community garden will be created.

Phase two of the plans, seen here, will see the sprawling community centre built alongside a number of other amenities.

These include a new playpark to the south, a new plaza space stretching onto Charleston Drive and 50 car parking spaces which will be accessed from Dickson Avenue.

Two of the parking spaces will be equipped with electric car chargers in line with Dundee City Council’s efforts to encourage electric vehicle use.

The final and third phase of the plan will see a new GP surgery and more landscaping at the edge of Charleston Drive, but these plans are yet to be finalised or approved.

The developed masterplan also suggests the Menzieshill community campus could yet host a care home and an early years/nursery centre.

Last month, the Tele revealed that Menzieshill’s community regeneration will receive a £10m boost from Dundee City Council over the next three years.

In a capital funding report seen by councillors, executive director of corporate services Greg Colgan pledged the eight-figure sum to secure the delivery of the community campus.

City planning bosses said the development had been “sensitively designed” and met local development planning policy and saw no reason to turn the plans down.

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