Discovery Quay, was a new Business Park ‘Enterprise Zone’ environment to attract inward investment, transforming a 25 acre waterfront site close to Dundee city centre. Discovery Quay incorporated a new visitor centre, a hotel, a 67,000sq ft superstructure, a 30,000sq ft non food retail unit and 110,00sq ft of offices pre-let to the Scottish Social Services, Scottish Enterprise and Inland Revenue. Holmes Miller provided Architectural Services for the majority of the projects – including the first office building, Compass House.
Compass House was designed and built to a very tight programme, the new office building was constructed in 38 weeks from the start of piled foundations to occupancy by the Scottish Executive.
With a prime riverside location enjoying panoramic views across the Firth of Tay, the newbuild 3 storey office building provides 2787m² / 30,000ft² (GIA) of office building (shell, core and category A fit-out) with car parking on the site – creating a new headquarters for the Scottish Executive Care Commission – Specifically the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care & the Scottish Social Services Council. The building was specially planned and fitted out to meet their exacting requirements, including full compliance with up to date provisions for the disabled.
A centrally located service core at each level supports a mix of open and closed, naturally ventilated floor plates.
Elevations featuring a random mix of blue and green storey height panels reflect the water and rolling landscape of the River Tay and Fife shore beyond.
Discovery Quay, Dundee