Diocese of Dunkeld
In October 2015 Millard Consulting were engaged by James F Stephen Architects as Environmental, Civil and Structural Engineers for a new care home development on behalf of the Diocese of Dunkeld. The new build 60-bed care home, is to be developed within the grounds of the convent of St. Josephs and Wellburn Care Home on Liff road, Dundee. The site, with extensive outbuildings and grounds, was managed by the Little Sisters of the Poor for 150 years until 2015. Now under the Diocese of Dunkeld, Phase 1 of redevelopment has received planning approval. The detailed designs went out to tender in late 2016 and the project is proceeding through value engineering to refine constructions costs for the elegant new building.
A comprehensive package of Environmental assessment, Traffic planning, Infrastructure and Structural engineering has been delivered by Millard on the project. The site, which has long been occupied by the Little Sisters of the Poor with a convent and care facility was originally developed in the 19th Century. Located within expansive landscaped grounds the site is a haven within the city, which was surrounded by the hectic Victorian development of the Liff Quarry network, from which sandstone was extracted for the construction of many city centre landmark buildings. A full geo-environmental assessment, with ground investigations for foundation design, contamination, and ground gas risk assessments has been completed. Potential risks from development so close to the former quarry network, now substantially infilled and overbuilt were fully evaluated and managed.
Traffic and transportation studies have also served to facilitate the development through Planning approvals. The infrastructure and structural designs are now receiving their final tweaks before the construction program commences. The new Home will substantially extend care facility at the site and is the first Phase of a potential care village development on the land, which is planned to include refurbishment of existing buildings as well as the Victorian Home building.