New Project: High School of Dundee Arts Facility

We are delighted to have been appointed through an RIAS organised competition to lead a design team in the development of proposals for the The High School of Dundee’s new Centre for Excellence in Performing and Visual Arts. The press release is below:

The High School of Dundee’s plans to transform a landmark building in Dundee into a Centre for Excellence in Performing and Visual Arts have moved a step closer.

The School has just appointed the internationally renowned Scottish firm Page\Park as the architects for its development of the former Post Office on Ward Road, which it acquired in 2013.

The School will now work with the architects in the coming months to finalise the plans and designs which will then go forward for planning approval.

Plans are likely to include an auditorium, music, dance, drama and visual arts spaces and facilities, Home Economics facilities, a new dining hall and other social areas for pupils.

It is envisaged that these facilities will be able to be used by local groups and for conferences, as well as the school.

Rector of the High School of Dundee, Dr John Halliday, said, “We are delighted to have appointed Page\Park as the architects for this major and exciting development.”

“Page\Park is one of Scotland’s leading architectural firms with great experience in renewing and revitalising iconic buildings and their expertise will be key in helping the School to achieve its ambitious goals for the former Post Office.”

“Music, art and design and drama are at the very heart of the school. We aspire to the highest standards and we now want to develop our facilities to ensure they are second-to-none in Scottish schools, whilst also providing a wonderful enhancement to the city centre/Meadowside area. This is a once in a generation opportunity to create something which I hope the whole city will be proud of.”

Page\Park have been responsible for the redevelopment or construction of high profile buildings across Scotland, including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Rosslyn Chapel Visitor Centre, and, in Dundee, the McManus and Dundee University’s School of Computing.

A spokesperson for Page\Park said, “Page\Park Architects are delighted to have been awarded the contract to transform the Arts provision for the High School of Dundee.”

“The acquisition by the School of the former Post Office building adjacent to the main school complex has initiated a remarkable vision for an Arts complex second to none in an academic context in the United Kingdom.”

“The School is embarking on a project of a scale matched in ambition only by the lottery funded public sector in facilities such as Eden Court Theatre complex in Inverness with its mix of theatres, meeting space, studios, cinemas, and social spaces.”

Work to tidy up and strip out the currently empty building has been completed and the development, once it commences, will be carried out in stages over several years.

Concept Perspective