In late 2006, Hillcrest Housing Association approached Wellwood Leslie to design additional accommodation for Dundee Survival Group on the vacant ground adjacent to their site. Dundee Survival Group is an organisation providing long-term supported accommodation for people with dependency problems. They also provide emergency accommodation for people who otherwise might find themselves in police cells and subject to legal action.
The new brief required ten flats and some limited staff facilities. Dundee Survival Group were also keen to utilise renewable energy sources and have commissioned the design team to look at solutions to reducing their running costs.
The project was built on a confined, steeply sloping and heavily overgrown brownfield site, close to the city centre and provides ten short lease flats, with communal laundry and concierge facilities for homeless people, provides a stepping-stone back to mainstream housing. The building has been constructed from natural and non toxic material and is highly insulated, despite a requirement for a traditional masonry construction method to meet client’s durability requirements. Passive solar communal domestic hot water and underfloor heating system have also been utilised.