Lost piece of Dundee history discovered in former city nightclub

Developers have unearthed a lost piece of Dundee’s history as part of the redevelopment of a former city nightclub.

Castle Developments Ltd is converting St Paul’s Church in Castle Street into flats.

The B-listed property dating from 1812 has in recent times been known to locals as Dexter’s nightclub.

Austin Clark, director of Castle Developments Ltd, said: “The building is the original St Paul’s Church. More recently the building was a nightclub and a music venue but, since about three years ago, has been lying derelict.

“We are stripping it back. This has been probably about two years in the development stage through planning from a council perspective, and also from (consultation with) Historic Environment Scotland.

“A lot of the original parts will still be on show such as the original windows.

“There is lots of character to it. It is not until you start pulling it all back that you unearth lots of that.”

He added: “It is good to be part of regenerating something that dates back to the 1800s.”

He said the former church will be renovated “sensitively”, adding: “People are getting the opportunity to purchase a piece of history. The interest has been incredible. We have already got five away.”

The plans for the former church were approved by Dundee City Council in September 2016.

A conservation statement by RDA Architects submitted alongside a 2015 application to convert the nightclub into flats stated the conversion would restore the “loss of character” and “respect the building as it is”.

The Castlehill Apartments project is expected to be completed by May or June.