REVEALED: Former college site in Dundee set for new lease of life

An iconic Dundee building which has featured in the city’s skyline for more than four decades is set for a new lease of life.

Fresh plans to turn a former Dundee College campus into flats, a cinema, cafe and launderette have been lodged with the city council.

The campus was built in 1970 and closed its doors for the final time in 2011.

Moves to transform the building — which saw thousands of students enter its doors in its days as a college — have been in the pipeline since 2014.

In 2015, plans were submitted by Whiteburn Projects to convert the building into 110 one and two-bedroom flats and were granted planning permission in August last year.

Dundee Commercial College.
H254 1969-09-XX Dundee Commercial College (C)DCT

The £15 million project was given the green light, but in summer 2016 factors including the UK voting to leave the European Union led the investment pool to conclude that putting money into property in Dundee was regarded as having a higher risk profile and the funds were no longer available.

If approved, the latest plans — submitted by Voxcap Investments (Dundee) Limited — would see the former education facility at Constitution Road turned into 111 apartments and 24 short-stay serviced apartments.

Included in the latest application are images of how the proposed site could look.

Covering an area of 2.26 acres, the site would include private rented accommodation and short-stay apartments.

The west wing of the development would comprise solely residential apartments while the east wing would be made up of a mix of residential and serviced accommodation.

Elaine Pratt, community officer for Coldside, said she was pleased to hear about the new proposals and the long-term future of the former campus.

She said: “It certainly sounds very interesting. Unfortunately, the campus has turned into the elephant in the room. The site has been targeted by vandals.

“The new proposals sound very interesting and it’s brilliant to hear about anything which will ensure something is done with the site long-term.

“This idea of serviced apartments for short-term stays will hopefully draw more people to Dundee.

“The site at the former college campus is very unique — some people have suggested at certain angles it has similarities to the V&A building.”

In April, police and security officials were called in amid claims gangs of youths were breaking into the college.

Elaine added: “I know in some quarters there have been calls for the site to be demolished and removed completely.

“I welcome the proposed plans and anything which will benefit the community of Coldside in the long-term.”