The Mews, Tay Street Lane, Dundee

The Mews, Tay Street Lane

Adaptive Re-use of 1830s Grade C listed former stables to three offices to form a creative hub in the centre of Dundee. The offices provide an affordable, attractive and stimulating environment for three highly creative firms in the heart of Dundee - a firm of architects, a graphic designer and a services design company.

  • Size/Scale 187m² / £200k
  • Location Tay Street Lane, Dundee
  • Client Andrew Black Design
  • Completion 2017

The Mews, Tay Street Lane

Key Features

The appearance of the exterior of the building has been retained, with timber stable doors now revealing large glazed openings, providing plenty of daylight in the modern, open plan office interiors. A sophisticated internal lighting scheme enhances the spaces created, and highlights features of the existing building.

Planning Application and Listed Building Consent Application

Submitted in October 2016 and approved by Dundee City Council in December 2016.

Building Standards

An open plan arrangement essential to create a generous stimulating bright and modern office environment. It required a fire engineering solution to allow the feature staircase at the heart of the building to remain unenclosed.

Design Concept

Minimal interventions to maximise the available space and create an impression of spaciousness in the three relatively small offices.

Obstacles Overcome

Fire regulations.


Large glazed openings behind stable doors. Internal finishes include exposed stonework, oak floors and ceilings, painted plasterboard walls.


A traditional tender was issued to four main contractors with the list being narrowed to two who returned similar sums. The main contractor was West End Joinery Limited, Dundee.

The Mews received the Award for the Best Small Non-Domestic Project from Dundee Institute of Architects in 2017.

Structural Engineer

L N Henderson Associates

Main Contractor

West End Joinery Limited, Dundee