Fresh proposals lodged for former Dundee College campus
Keppie Design and Whiteburn Projects, which had previously gained planning permission to covert the 1970s building in 2015, have now drawn up new plans to include 111 rental flats and 24 serviced apartments together with a café, laundry, cinema, gym and co-working spaces.
Covering an area of 2.26 acres, Vox Dundee will retain and enhance the existing structure through the sensitive removal of elements which inhibit development in order to provide a sustainable future for the crumbling college building.
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.
Whiteburn Projects was previously granted planning permission to convert the building into 110 one and two-bedroom flats.
The £15 million project was given the green light, but in summer last year 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.
In a statement Keppie wrote: “This model supports Scottish Government’s active pursuit of a private rental sector that provides good quality homes with a high standard of management. The Vox model is fundamentally sustainable: in Britain we continue to swallow green belt and expand our suburbs, in search of bigger homes, bigger gardens and ‘idealised’ communities.
“Meanwhile many of our city centres have declined. It is not enough to tell people that city living is more sustainable. To encourage people to recolonise our urban centres we need to make our cities ‘liveable’. Vox provides a prototype for development that we believe could contribute to a sustainable future for our cities.”