Planning approval for Dundee community centre

Menzieshill Community CentreDundee City Council has granted planning permission for the city’s newest community centre.

The new Menzieshill Community 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.

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.

Menzieshill Community Centre 3The project, the second phase of a wider Menzieshill masterplan developed by Holmes Miller, is being procured through the Scape framework and will be delivered by Robertson Construction Tayside.

Holmes Miller said 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”.

Menzieshill Community Centre 2These plans form the second phase of a three-part rejuvenation masterplan for the Menzieshill Community Centre.

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.

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