A brownfield site that was once home to a prominent Dundee engineering firm has been transformed into a small collection of upmarket houses.
The Park Lane development on Fairmuir Road was the site of Park Tool & Engineering, which closed down in 2016 after more than 40 years in business. Now a development of eight new build houses, it sits adjacent to Fairmuir Park, which was gifted to the people of Dundee by Sir John Ogilvy of Inverquharity.
The site was bought by Dundee firm Castle Developments and is being transformed into a small community of two detached houses of 156sqm and six semi-detached townhouses, each 154sqm.
I took a look around the townhouse show home with Castle Developments’ boss Austin Clark. He said: “We’re not a big firm and we use a small team of tradesmen that gives us more quality control than some of the big national developers.”
On the ground floor of the property is a garage, bedroom, WC, small utility area and door to the back garden. “You could easily make the utility area into a kitchenette, which would allow you to have elderly relatives staying on this floor,” Austin continued.
On the first floor is the L-shaped semi-open plan kitchen and lounge. Double glazed doors in the lounge lead onto a balcony and give excellent views across the north of Dundee to the Sidlaw Hills on the horizon. Also on this floor is a family bathroom.
On the top floor are three more bedrooms – the master with an en suite – and another family bathroom. To the front is a large driveway, while the rear gardens are bigger than many new build homes. The roof has solar panels to help keep energy costs down and the houses are highly insulated and have gas central heating.
“What drew us to the site is the location,” Austin said. “It’s very close to the Kingsway so you can get around Dundee easily, yet it’s a very quiet street with good views and a park on its doorstep.”
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