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Our Setting

Fleet Collective is based on the top floor of the grade A listed Chambers East building of the old Royal Exchange on the corner of Panmure Street.

The old Royal Exchange was designed in the ornate Flemish Neo-Gothic style by the famous architect David Bryce, in order to house the Chamber of Commerce. Bryce’s other notable buildings include Fettes College and the Royal Bank of Scotland on the Mound in Edinburgh.

The building was designed in 1854 and finished in 1855. Its main features are the large reading room with a spectacular hammer and beam roof; the handsome square tower, which was originally designed to be topped with a tall spire; and the beautiful stained glass by Messrs. Hardman & Co., Birmingham, who are best known for their work in the Houses of Parliament.

The old Royal Exchange was altered significantly in the 1950s, when the adjoining market hall was demolished to make way for the new Royal Exchange. The reading room was split into two floors, and some of the stained glass was replaced with plain panels. The upper floor became offices and the roof beams were covered.

The building then accommodated the Dundee Stock Exchange in the 1950s and 1960s, and also remained home to the Dundee Chamber of Commerce until 2007. The building was then sold privately, and is now undergoing a slow process of sympathetic regeneration to restore it to its former glory.

Our City

Although Dundee is known worldwide as a computer games heartland, there is far more to the city and the surrounding region of Tayside than many realise. In 2015, Dundee was designated as the first UNESCO City of Design in the UK, which is global recognition for the huge contribution that the city has made to design worldwide. The V&A Museum of Design , designed by Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, is currently under construction and is due to open in 2018. The museum will form the centrepiece of a billion-pound redevelopment of the city’s waterfront district, and will both tell the story of Scotland’s outstanding design heritage and showcase world-class touring exhibitions from the V&A.

 

Dundee has a celebrated art school, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, and two universities: University of Dundee, voted Scottish University of the Year 2016 in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, and Abertay University. The city is also home to great galleries, including Dundee Contemporary Arts; Scotland’s only ensemble theatre company, Dundee Rep Theatre; and the Scottish Dance Theatre. Add to this a dynamic artistic community, a thriving life-sciences sector, and a year-round calendar of festivals covering design, literature, and digital arts, and you have a stimulating location that lends itself to collaboration and creative thinking.