Bonar Hall, University of Dundee (Gillespie, Kidd and Coia)

Scope and Content

Job files, images and drawings related to project.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bonar Hall included a multi-purpose hall & stage with seating up to 600; a Senate Room for 100 persons; upper & lower foyers; cafeteria space; & exhibition spaces & the normal ancillaries.

In the conformity with the multi purpose function of the hall, it was fitted with retractable seating which allows a variable seating layout related to use.

The planning, with its upper & lower access, arises from site levels, the influence of present & future pedestrian & vehicular movement patterns & relates to the original intention that the building was to be the first stage of a Hall/ Repertoire Theatre combination with shared use & facilities.

The construction was of laminated timber & steel roof structures resting on loadbearing brickwork & reinforced concrete floors, with aluminium patent glazing & timber windows. External materials are restricted & are basically facing brick & stained softwood windows. Internally, walls are exposed painted blockwork, softwood doors & woodwork stained and ceilings are of timber & exposed concrete. Floors are carpeted in the public areas with hardwood flooring in the hall & vinyl flooring in ancillaries.

The landscaping relates to existing trees & planting & integrates existing and new access levels by means of paving.


The material has been arranged using original Gillespie Kidd and Coia project reference codes. Two codes were used for the this project HA-DU & HT-DU, the catalogue has used HT-DU.

Access Information

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Catalogued by Tracy Wilkinson, GKC Project Archivist

Conditions Governing Use

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

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