Twenty one projects completed between June 2012 and May 2014 were assessed on design, enhancement of the civic realm, materials, sustainability, accessibility, retention of historic buildings and removal of eyesores. Two awards were given.
The restoration of the magnificent Malmaison building which had lain empty for 20 years on the corner of Whitehall Crescent and Shore Terrace is a key element of the Waterfront project, giving it a real stimulus. It is a landmark building that has set the bar for what will follow. The stonework and external features have been carefully restored with an impressive new entrance, signage and lighting. The internal adaptation to create a hotel, restaurant and conference facilities respects the key elements of the building. The developer and owner was M.E.C. Services (International) Ltd, the architects Curious and project managers Thomas and Adamson.
The Crescent is an exciting new development in the heart of Whitfield which provides a new library, NHS and other community and retail facilities. With its bold design the 2-storey crescent shaped building makes a major contribution to revitalising the area. The attractive open space in front of the building features public art, has potential for hosting outdoor community events and links well to the Ballumbie primary school. Client and architects were Dundee City Council and the contractor Muirfield Contracts.
Commendations were also given to five projects; District 10, Seabraes Yards which provides much needed flexible space for the digital media sector; Broughty Ferry railway station refurbishment which has retained the traditional buildings linked to the re-erected signal box; the Wellcome Trust CTIR research facility (The Discovery Centre) on the University of Dundee campus; St Aidan’s Centre a former church remodelled by Broughty Ferry New Kirk to provide community and meeting facilities; and Ninewells Medical School’s library extension and Gannochy lecture theatre refurbishment providing state of the art facilities for medical students.