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Dundee Railway Station, Scotland : New Building

Dundee Railway Building, Tayside, Scotland – design by Nicoll Russell Studios

31 Jan 2013

Dundee Railway Station Building

Location: Union Street, central Dundee, Tayside, Scotland, DD1 4BX

Design: Nicoll Russell Studios

Dundee Railway Station Building

Dundee Railway Station
image : Nicoll Russell Studios

Design by architects Nicoll Russell – planning application approved for £14m railway station.

The six-storey complex, over an archway and featuring ticketing facilities, a hotel, shops and cafe, is to be built before the V&A opens in 2015. 23 Jan

Urban Context

The station concourse sits at a key point in the city centre and as a component of The Central Waterfront redevelopment. It was evident from the start of the project that this was a very important factor in the development of a new station concourse which would meet the design objectives, both operationally and in terms of its contribution to the wider city. Immediately to the north west of the Rail Station is the former Tay Hotel which is currently being completely refurbished and will open as a new Malmaison Hotel Autumn 2013.

Design Proposals

The new station concourse will consist of a triple-height arched space. The arched form responds to the structural requirement to span across the railway bridge below as well as making reference to the grand railway arches of earlier periods and is of a scale appropriate to its function as a primary gateway to Dundee. The arch, framelessly glazed at both ends will be a light and airy space, creating a strong iconic image and a welcoming environment to those arriving into Dundee station.

A new café/restaurant unit will be situated at the southern end of the curved block, accessible from the station concourse. Its glazed façade will give patrons panoramic views of the Discovery, the future V&A and beyond them to the Tay. A first floor level, a south-facing external balcony will allow patrons to sit outside in good weather and enjoy the view above the bustle of the traffic on Riverside Drive. A projecting window at first floor level will visually connect the café with the new pedestrian plaza and give views of the larger waterfront development area to the east.

A food retail unit will be located to the north of the station concourse space, with a shop-front addressing the new plaza. Servicing will be via a loading bay located to the rear. A new hotel will be positioned over the concourse building itself. It will be accessed from the corner of South Marketgait and the newly re-aligned road to the east of the station. A triple-height framelessly-glazed entrance foyer will address this important city corner, enhancing the quality of the urban space and looking back towards the restored Tay Hotel and the city centre beyond.

The main entrance foyer to the hotel will give access, via lifts and stairs, to accommodation including; hotel reception, bar/restaurant, meeting/seminar rooms, more than 100 hotel bedrooms (including family rooms and accessible rooms) and related ancillary accommodation. The double height bar/restaurant will look down into the new plaza through a glazed façade and contribute to the life and activity of this newly created public space, particularly at night. The hotel bedrooms will generally face east and west, the floor to ceiling glazing of the westerly facing rooms allowing distant views of the city and the Tay Estuary beyond, whilst the eastern bedrooms will look down into the plaza. The building will incorporate a replacement for the existing sub-station currently positioned at the northerly end of the station site.

The proposed new Station Concourse building will occupy the site of the existing concourse and it has been carefully designed to create an impressive new landmark within the Central Waterfront development and also an attractive new gateway into the city for rail passengers. The design has also taken cognisance of the proposed V&A at Dundee building to the south and the proposed Malmaison Hotel to the north east. The external appearance of the building is essentially masonry in character with an imposing central archway bridging the railway line below.

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