Work to begin next year on transforming Dundee’s last jute mill into affordable housing

Dundee’s Taybank Works will be partially knocked down to make way for 37 flats and houses for rent next year.

Taybank Works, Dundee

The Courier & Advertiser reported that the site located at Morgan Street will be demolished and redeveloped into houses and flats for social rent.

The first phase of the plans for 28 affordable homes was approved in 2017, with slight layout changes to the development requiring additional planning permission, which was granted last week. 

Caledonia Housing Association intends to initiate work on the development in early 2020, with a completion date yet to be revealed.

Andrew Kilpatrick, Caledonia Housing Association’s director of assets, told our sister publication Scottish Housing News: “We are pleased to have received planning permission from Dundee City Council to provide another development of affordable housing in Dundee. We’re currently finalising detailed designs for the development, to enable us to get tenders from prospective contractors later this year. We hope that this will enable us to start works on-site in early 2020.”

The development will see the creation of a new street off Morgan Street with a number of the homes adapted for tenants with additional needs.

As part of the 2020 phase, there will be nine houses and six flats. The houses will be two-storey with three bedrooms and will include a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced properties.

Another three-storey block will contain two-bedroom flats for people with learning disabilities and a one-bedroom flat for staff.

Large proportions of the building which until recently housed numerous businesses, will be demolished to create vehicle access to the site
Many aspects of the building are listed, including the old calendar – the large spools through which material is fed – and gable ends on the building.

It has been said that a demolition contractor will carefully carry out the demolition around this area.

Taybank Works was the last working jute mill in Dundee and the UK to close when its shutters came down in 1999.

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