The Hawkhill tower is the latest in a series of compact projects set to transform the North approach to Dundee City Centre.

A mixed residential/commercial 9 storey tower at the Northern Gateway into Dundee’s Cultural Quarter, the landmark high rise commands panoramic views across the city.

A curved zinc wall forms the transitional corner of Hawkhill and Session Street with projecting balconies punching out through the skin. The top most level has a projected roof wing to further strengthen the corner form.

The ground floor is clad in sandstone tile and open glazing provides the ground floor restaurant with captive views onto the vibrant Hawkhill.

The site presented several logistical difficulties with little or no site compound area. The construction strategy was planned several months prior to commencing on site and construction efficiency targets of minimum energy were a primary objective in the steel erection. The close proximity of the building to the adjacent student ‘Hub’ necessitated extreme care in the positioning and drilling of the piling.

The flatted accommodation (3 to a level) makes optimum use of the tight footprint. The escape strategy combined a fire fighting shaft with a passive smoke ventilation system to achieve a single shaft and stair escape for the building. This reduced service core added efficiency and increased economy to the building volume, internal residential units and construction.