Basic Site Details

Name: Overgate redevelopment
City or county: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Bronze sculptures on front.

Cost 3.5m

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Angus Hotel seemingly part of the redevelopment (Burke & Martin)
Item 2 of 4Dundee City Centre Redevelopment  
Item 3 of 4Dundee Regional Shopping Centre  
Item 4 of 4Overgate-Nethergate  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Urban planning  
Item 2 of 2Shopping centre around existing churches in City Centre

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 4High Street  
Item 2 of 4Lindsay Street  
Item 3 of 4Overgate  
Item 4 of 4Reform Street to Long Wynd  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1318 July 1958 Proposed'now under consideration by Dundee Town Council...Much of the central area is involved. Almost all the existing property will be demolished and in its place it is proposed to erect about 40 shops, including four large department stores, offices, flats, an hotel, a restaurant and a garage. Parking space is to be provided for over 400 vehicles.'
'A sub-committee has recommended approval of the plans. The scheme would remove the last of the jumble of buildings forming the old Overgate, including a building at the High-street-Overgate corner, which is held to date from the 15th century.' per Builder p124
Item 2 of 1318 October 1958 Proposed'final day for the lodging of objections to the ...plan. It is envisaged that the redevelopment scheme, including the High-street island site, will be practically completed in five years.' per Builder 24 Oct 1958 p717
Item 3 of 1331 October 1958 Plans prepared, construction not yet begun'Plans...nearly completed...It is planned to start work on the Western part of the area...No objections have been lodged to the project...departmental stores, office space, and new streets as well as parking facilities [are proposed]' per Builder p759
Item 4 of 131959Between 1963 and 1965Proposedthird scheme = 'Burke scheme' is in three phases...two-level shopping behind the churches in the Main Square, incl. department stores and an 11-storey block; 3-5 year time frame for completion per Builder 21 Aug 1959 p84
Item 5 of 1321 August 1959 Competition designs submittedthree schemes, including one by Ravenseft Properties of London; a second by Howard Collings Group, of London; a third by Ian Burke (see above) per Builder p84
Item 6 of 1325 September 1959 Scheme accepted3.5m. redevelopment of Overgate in three phases (proposal of Murrayfield Real Estate Co., Ltd. of Edinburgh and London); est. start April 1960 per Builder p324
Item 7 of 139 September 1960 Scheme acceptedDundee Corporation's zoning proposals for 16 acre area in the city centre/Overgate approved by Secretary of State for Scotland - with exception of Kidd's Rooms and William Patterson's warehouse, which will not be designated for compulsory acquisition; est. cost of the development is 1.5m. to 2m. per Builder p498
Item 8 of 131961 Build/constructionBegun this year
Item 9 of 1324 March 1961 Proposedfull plans for Phase I lodged formally for approval by Dundee Town Planning and Works Committees per Builder p585
Item 10 of 13September 19611966Build/constructionstart beginning September announced by Murrayfield REal Estate Co; construction programme in three phases; phase 1 to coincide with council's construction of inner ring road at western end of site per Builder p93
Item 11 of 1322 May 1964 * Contract offeredMurrayfield Real Estate Co have finalised a 2/3m contract with Charles Gary (Builders) of Dundee for Phase II
Item 12 of 131970s Build/constructionAngus Hotel
Item 13 of 1319982000Plans drawn upNew shopping centre

* earliest date known from documented sources.


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 12John E Beardshaw & PartnersArchitectural practice 18 July 1958 prepared plans with Ian Burke on behalf of Healey and Baker, London estate agents per Builder p124
Item 2 of 12Ian David BurkeArchitect 21 August 1959 architect for third scheme under Murrayfield Real Estate Co. Ltd. of Edinburgh and London per Builder p84
Item 3 of 12Burke Martin Partnership (or Ian Burke, Hugh Martin & Partners)Architectural practiceA19611970 
Item 4 of 12Hugh Harold Martin A19611970 
Item 5 of 12Ian David BurkeArchitectA19611970 
Item 6 of 12George McIntosh KeithArchitectF1970s Angus Hotel claimed to be by Hugh Martin & Partners in RIBA Directory
Item 7 of 12Hugh Harold Martin F1970s Angus Hotel claimed to be by Hugh Martin & Partners in RIBA Directory
Item 8 of 12Hugh Martin & PartnersArchitectural practiceF1970s Angus Hotel claimed to be by this practice in RIBA Directory
Item 9 of 12Ronald ('Ron') Scott SutherlandArchitectF1970s Angus Hotel claimed to be by Hugh Martin & Partners in RIBA Directory
Item 10 of 12William Lamond GallowayArchitectF1970s Angus Hotel claimed to be by Hugh Martin & Partners in RIBA Directory
Item 11 of 12Keppie Architects (later Keppie Design)Architectural practiceD19982000As executive architects - new shopping centre
Item 12 of 12Benoy E19982000As conceptual architect - new shopping centre


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Healey and Baker, Estate Agents, London 
Item 2 of 2Murrayfield Real Estate Co., Ltd. of Edinburgh and London 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Gifford, John2012The Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee Yalep117-8
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p557
Item 3 of 5McKean, Charles and Whatley, Patricia2008Lost Dundee: Dundee's lost architectural heritage Birlinn, Edinburghp168 - Angus Hotel and Overgate Centre illustrated
Item 4 of 5RCAHMS1992Dundee on Record RCAHMSp56
Artists's impression of Phase III (c.1965) p66
View of Overgate before demolition (1954) p66
Item 5 of 5RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Builder18 July 1958  'Dundee Redevelopment Plans' p124
Item 2 of 9Builder24 October 1958  'Dundee Redevelopment Plan' p717
Item 3 of 9Builder1958  'Dundee City Centre Plans' p759
Item 4 of 9Builder21 August 1959  'Dundee Central Redevelopment' p84
Item 5 of 9Builder25 September 1959  p324
Item 6 of 9Builder9 September 1960  '2m. Development in Dundee' p498
Item 7 of 9Builder24 March 1961  p585
Item 8 of 9Builder14 July 1961  p93
Item 9 of 9Builder22 May 1964  p1104

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of David CollinInformation sent to Dictionary Sent May 2013