Dundee University Chaplaincy

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 39530 29980, map


University Dundee
Cross Row


Built between 1973 and 1974, the Chaplaincy is situated in the centre of the University campus beside the University Library on Cross Row. The centre was designed as a space of worship for a range of faiths by the firm James Parr & Partners. It was extended in 1987.

Description (exterior)

The building has harled walls and is circular on its northern side, mimicking the layout of Cross Row, but squared off to the south. To the rear (western elevation) it is connected to the Students Association by an open concrete corridor. The entrance on the eastern elevation is made up of glass panels the entire length of the building.

Description (interior)

The worship space is situated in the northern area of the building, within the circular harling walls. It is an open space with a table, a candle and stand, and a Lectern all designed and gifted by Bert Harrop. On the western wall is a modern tracker pipe organ designed by Peter Collins and installed in 1978. On the walls to the north-west are 9 ceramic plaques representing the Stations of the Cross made by Frank Pottinger in 1978 for the centre. Behind the table on the wall is a large sculpture of Christ on the Cross made by Hew Lorimer-its weight is supported by foundations in the wall and under the tiled floor.

Upstairs there are a number of other rooms used for worship as well as a Café with a view over the worship space. The Glass House, named as it is located inside the glass frontage in the east of the building, overlooks Cross Row. It is square in shape with a small table and chairs. Similarly the Quiet Room can be found in the west of the building and is simply furnished with a table by the west wall and chairs around the edge of the room. There is also a library in the west of the centre on the first floor and a common room.

People / Organisations:

James Parr & PartnersArchitects1973-4


  • Chapel: Build/construction (1974)
  • Chapel: Installed (1978)
  • Chapel: Alteration/conversion (1987)
  • Chapel: Alteration/conversion (2003 to 2005)
    front foyer two-storey extension

Archive References:

SCHRReference: 6865

Bibliographic References:

The Buildings of Scotland: Dundee and AngusGifford, Dick2014Pgs. 162-3