The Open Gallery

  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © Erika Stevenson
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © James F Stephen Architects
  • © GSR Photographic
  • © GSR Photographic
  • © Jim Burns
  • © Jim Burns

Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Scotland

Local Authority Area

Dundee City

Information about this scheme

The Project has completed the restoration of the Category A Listed Verdant Works, securing a sustainable future for this nationally important industrial heritage complex creating a unique and stunning space to be used for exhibition, artistic, cultural, educational and community events. As the project developed so did the Project Brief. This included the conservation, re-assembly and public display of an 1801 Boulton & Watt Steam Engine, one of the world's most important surviving engines, the formation of new exhibition space capable of accommodating some of the larger industrial objects from the client's collection to be set out on public display for the first time along with the exploration and interpretation of evocative images from the client's important archive and photographic collections. The project also required to create a new and valuable community resource where a wide variety of groups can meet and take part in heritage based activities resulting in a vibrant programme of events engaging diverse audiences within a newly accessible nationally important heritage asset. The architectural design approach required to be both innovative and traditional incorporating best conservation philosophy and practice. All necessary intervention required to both minimal and fully reversible without detriment to the historic fabric of the building. The design approach was to undertake as little repair and adaptive works as proved necessary and adopt alternative to guidance methods to allow full public access whilst simultaneously complying with all statutory requirements. Verdant Works is a rare surviving example of a courtyard mill dating from 1833 with its original building layout and many original features remaining intact which is now fully accessible to the public.

Credits

Applicant

James F Stephen Architects

Architect

James F Stephen Architects

Client

Dundee Industrial Heritage

Primary Use Class

Class D1e - Museums