Dundee House

Dundee House (Dundee Council Offices)

Project Title: Dundee House (Dundee Council Offices)

Sector: Civic

Client: Dundee City Council / Reiach and Hall Architects

Main Contractor: Lend Lease

Location: Dundee

Contract Duration: 12 Months

Package Value: £1.6 Million

Completed: 2010

Brief Overview of Project:

The new Dundee Council Offices are a collaboration of the old stone DC Thomson comic printing works and the much larger new administration services building. It effectively incorporates the historic character of the existing Grade B listed building with the visually striking modernism of the bold new facades.

As part of the Brick and Blockwork package Lesterose completed all masonry work to the new elevations including the construction of 25-meter-high isolated piers with bespoke angles using the non-standard 52mm Petersen facing brick. Additional elements of this work included the design and installation of extensive masonry support system, crane installation of Plean precast units, an internal blockwork partitions package, renovation of work within listed building and facing stonework.

Awards & Nominations:

BCI Awards Building Project of the Year £3m to £50m 2012 - RIBA Award 2012
RIASAward 2012 - BCO Awards 2011 Regional Finalist - Civic Trust Awards 2011
Regional Finalist - Roses Design Awards Commercial Office Building of the Year 2011
Gold - Brick Development Association Awards Best International Project 2011
RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland 2011 Shortlisted - Dundee Institute of Architects
Best Public / Commercial Building 2011 Highly Commended


With the specified facing brick and mortar joints being of a non-standard UK dimensions particular attention to detail was required when monitoring and maintaining quality specially to achieve the desired effect over the height of the isolated piers.

The installation of the Plean units and balconies at each floor level presented its own logistical trials due to the constricted nature of the City Centre site. This was overcome by the introduction of night shift working and limited road closures to minimise disruption whilst still achieving sequence with the brickwork.