Oliver + Robb Architects (ORA) have recently submitted a detailed planning application on behalf of Hillcrest Housing Association for a Residential Development comprising of 34 no. 2-Bedroom Affordable Apartments with associated landscaping, car parking and drainage.
Pre-application discussions relating to this Detailed Planning Application were held with Dundee City Council and the application has taken a design led approach which considers the site constraints, both physical and visual, to ensure a balance of open space and built form is achieved. It has focused on heritage, design quality, sustainability and the housing needs of the community. The design of the layout takes its lead from the existing topography and adjacent built form to create a ribbon of carefully articulated buildings, set amongst urban and green spaces. Pedestrian permeability has been woven into the layout ensuring ease of access and navigation.
The site resides in the Lochee Conservation Area and was formerly occupied by the St Mary’s R.C. Infant School. It was demolished in 2016. Lochee is potentially most notable for its significant industrial heritage, being home to Camperdown Works from the mid-19th century onwards. For a time, Camperdown became the largest jute works in the world. Because of its important role in Dundee’s industrial advancement, a large proportion of its historic core still in existence today, protected within Lochee’s designated Conservation Area.