Basic Site Details

Name: Dundee Technical Institute
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: DUNDEE. - The technical institute committee have finally approved of the plans for the erection, at a cost of £45,000, of a new technical institute for Dundee. The style adopted is a Classic Renaissance, the facade being divided into three bays. Under the centre bay is the main entrance and vestibule, leading to the inner hall, from which runs the main stair. To the right and left of the main entrance are the library and examination hall, directors' room, and offices. On the first floor are the board-room and four lecture-rooms, and the second floor is occupied by the art department. The art department contains an art hall, with two painting annexes, lecture-room, and classrooms for architecture, design, and life classes. The architect is Mr James H Langlands, of Dundee, whose design was selected in a competition limited to local professional men. [Building News 7 June 1907 p786]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 5Dundee Arts and Technology Institute 1950
Item 2 of 5Dundee Business SchoolYes 
Item 3 of 5Dundee Technical College  
Item 4 of 5Institute of Technology  
Item 5 of 5Old College  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1College  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 540, Bell StreetYes 
Item 2 of 5Bell Street 1960s extension bounded by Mid Street, Bell Street, Ireland's Lane and Constitution Road
Item 3 of 5Constitution Road 1960s extension bounded by Mid Street, Bell Street, Ireland's Lane and Constitution Road
Item 4 of 5Ireland's Lane 1960s extension bounded by Mid Street, Bell Street, Ireland's Lane and Constitution Road
Item 5 of 5Mid Street 1960s extension bounded by Mid Street, Bell Street, Ireland's Lane and Constitution Road


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 519071909 Excluding façade
Item 2 of 51907  Competition for design for façade
Item 3 of 5January 1950 AdditionPlans in hand for extensions to the textile department
Item 4 of 514 July 1961 Proposedamendment to development plan to zone site for educational purposes per Builder p93
Item 5 of 5Early 1970s Addition 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 12James Hendry Langlands (senior)ArchitectA1907 Won competition to secure job (front block to Bell Street)
Item 2 of 12William Gillespie LamondArchitectA1907 Won in competition
Item 3 of 12Robert GibsonArchitect, EngineerD19071909Excluding façade - main building to rear
Item 4 of 12Gauldie, Hardie, Wright & NeedhamArchitectural practiceB1950 Extension to textile department
Item 5 of 12John NeedhamArchitectB1950 Extensions to the textile department
Item 6 of 12William Sinclair GauldieArchitectB1950 Extensions to textile department
Item 7 of 12Arthur Francis Stevenson WrightArchitectBc. 1950 Extensions to textile department
Item 8 of 12Douglas NairnArchitectCEarly 1970s Extensions
Item 9 of 12James Fraser AndersonArchitectCEarly 1970s Extension
Item 10 of 12John Kirkwood Wilson (or Jack Wilson)ArchitectCEarly 1970s(?) Extension
Item 11 of 12Thomas Hill ThomsArchitectCEarly 1970s(?) Extension
Item 12 of 12Thoms & WilkieArchitectural practiceCEarly 1970s(?) Extension

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Dundee Technical College, Kydd Building 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3British Association1912Handbook and Guide to Dundee and District British Association (Dundee meeting, 1912)p232
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep102
Item 3 of 3RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architectural ReviewApril 1958CXXIII pp269-71
Item 2 of 4Builder27 January 1950  p150
Item 3 of 4Builder14 July 1961  'Amendment to Development Plan' p93
Item 4 of 4Building News7 June 1907  p786

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Dundee Planning Department/NMRSDundee Approved Duplicate Plans (Originals in NMRS for dates 1867-1883; otherwise on microfilm)  
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register24983 
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Arthur F S Wright: A no10438, F no5150 (Combined Box 59)