Sleeperz Hotel Dundee-have a look inside!

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Dundee Railway Station

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee-what a beauty!

Why am I drawn back to Dundee? Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Dundee Railway Station blend seamlessly together like Gin and Tonic! As you can see in one of my earlier blogs I was commissioned to photograph Dundee Railway Station by J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd , the structural steel fabricators and erectors of this amazing building. If you’d like to see the railway station images you can view them here.

Not enough time in Dundee to photograph the Sleeperz Hotel!

On my first visit to Dundee I didn’t have sufficient time to photograph the Railway Station and the Sleeperz Hotel. The day of my visit fell on a Scottish Bank Holiday and the V&A Museum in Dundee had only recently opened.

Dundee was packed. Dundee Railway Station and the Sleeperz Hotel are one and the same building. The hotel is above the Railway Station. The building is stunning and not what you expect when you think of a railway station. In my opinion it is a work of modern art that instantly reveals its beauty to the viewer.

So, I have returned to Dundee to capture the ‘inner beauty’ of this amazing building. It’s a freezing cold end to January and I can’t wait to get into the warmth of the Dundee Sleeperz Hotel!

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Sleeperz Hotel Dundee and Dundee Railway Station. Photography by James Thompson

Freezing outside but a warm Dundee welcome and Reception!

There is a lift to take you to Reception at Level 2, no stairs to navigate unless you want to! Keen to see the inside of the upper levels ( above the station) its natural to hope that the interior will live up to the beautiful exterior. The lift doors slide away and I am greeted with a friendly smile from Manny Baber (didn’t know his name at the time) and a very modern looking reception area with beautiful glass walls revealing lovely views of Dundee.

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Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Reception. Photography by James Thompson.

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Reception

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-reception-area-showing-view-of-city. Photography by James Thompson

I love the contrast of the modern interior with that of the classic looking building opposite which I believe is the Dundee Malmaison. My initial intention was to photograph the Hotel and then return back to my accommodation in Glasgow. However, the feel of the building grabbed me and I decided to book a room for the night and return to Glasgow rested, the following day. This would also give me the opportunity to take some night photographs of Dundee. (images to follow).

Once checked in I was offered coffee and shown to the lounge which is literally the other side of reception. What a wonderful, cosy and welcoming area it is. I instantly felt ‘at home’ and relaxed and took advantage of the coffee before photographing the interior. I often have to pinch myself and remember this is work. It is such a lovely environment to be in! I could easily sit here and read a book, have a few more coffees and relax. Aware of the fact the nights still close in relatively early, I needed to get moving, not easy when you’re as cosy as this!

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Sleeperz Hotel Dundee coffee lounge, very cosy! Photography by James Thompson.
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee coffee lounge
Sleeperz Hotel Dundee coffee lounge. Photography by James Thompson.

Leaving the comforts of this delightful resting area I headed towards my room for the evening. I was informed that for photographers, or anyone else wanting a wonderful view, room 540 is the one to go for. Fortunately for me it wasn’t booked, until I got there and snapped it up!

Walking above the beautiful glass arch to get to my room.

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Traversing the corridor above the glass archway of Dundee-Railway-Station to get to my room. Photography by James Thompson.

Getting to Room 540 from Reception necessitates walking the full length of the building. That beautifully curved wall feels very long when you’re carrying two heavy camera bags and a tripod!

I would describe the inside of the rooms as modern, cosy and trendy. My understanding is that the interior design is the work of Kim McFarlane from Space Solutions.

They have offices in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow , Livingston and Aberdeen. I had the time to photograph Rooms 539 and 540. Both give great views. My favourite though is room 540. If your are going to stay in Dundee and you decide on the Sleeperz Hotel this is the room to go for in my opinion.

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Rooms 539 and 540.

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Room-539-shows-shower-and-bed. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Room-539. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Room-540 with view of Discovery Cafe. Photography by James Thompson.

Day time view of the V&A Museum Dundee from Room 540 window.

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Daytime view of the V&A Museum Dundee from Room 540 window. Photography by James Thompson.

If you are coming to Dundee for the sights and landmarks I don’t think you can get a better view than this. Its worth booking yourself into the Sleeperz Hotel Dundee just for this view alone! However, the evening views and early morning views are equally stunning, if not better. After photographing the rooms the light was starting to go so I decided to head to the Bar for a drink and something to eat. Hungry work taking photographs…

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Bar

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Lounge leading to the Bar. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-Bar. Photography by James Thompson.

The staff here are very friendly and nothing seems to be any trouble for them. I ordered some food, Pizza with Goat’s cheese and a Pint of Peroni and decided to see what the view from reception was like now that it was dark outside.

Reception Area with evening exterior view of Dundee.

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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-reception-area-with-night-view-of-Dundee.  Photography by James Thompson.

My food was ready so after enjoying my Pizza and the lovely Peroni I was then able to get a few photographs of the interior.

Views of the Sleeperz Hotel Restaurant

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Night-view-of-dundee-from-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-restaurant-window. Photography by James Thompson.

The image above shows my view whilst enjoying my Pizza. The images below are of the restaurant itself.

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View-of-restaurant-and-tv-area of Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-restaurant with view of V&A Museum. Photography by James Thompson.
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Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-cosy-tv area. Photography by James Thompson.

Photographs of Dundee from Room 540

After photographing the restaurant which was now filling up ( i ate early so I could get my photographs) I returned back to my room. The beds are big and very comfortable. I made myself a coffee and waited for the appropriate light to get the shots I wanted from my window.

V&A Museum Dundee in evening light.

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View-of-V&A-Museum-at-night-from-room-540-of-the Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee. Photography by James Thompson.

Needless to say there is a downside to a view like this! You want to keep looking at it!

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view-of-Discovery-Cafe-and-Dundee-Premier-Inn-from-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-window

Im sure it was about 2am before I forced myself away and I knew I wanted to be awake early just incase the light was good!

Early morning Dundee Light!

I left my camera on the tripod ready and awoke at 6am waiting for the light to reveal more of that beautiful Dundee cityscape. The morning was very cold with quite a heavy mist but it wasn’t too bad early on.

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View-from-room-540-of-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee-showing-Discovery-Cafe-and-Dundee-Premier-Inn. Photography by James Thompson.

Literally 20 mins later….

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View-of-V&A-Museum-Dundee-from-Sleeperz-Hotel -Room-540. Photography by James Thompson.

After taking these photographs I headed downstairs for breakfast. The breakfast is excellent with a great selection,. I opted for a full Scottish breakfast.

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Breakfast-in-the-restaurant-at-the-Sleeper-Hotel-Dundee. Photography by James Thompson.

After breakfast I headed back to my room and relaxed for an hour or so. I feel like I had experienced so much in such a short period of time. I managed to get an additional exterior shot just before I left from the 5th Floor looking out on to the Malmaison Hotel.

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View-of-Malmaison-Hotel-Dundee-from-Sleeperz-Hotel-Dundee. Photography by James Thompson.

So, I wasn’t expecting to stay, but I’m so glad that I did. The Hotel is an absolute delight and the staff are very friendly. The views from the Hotel are stunning so I can highly recommend a visit. I think I have caught the “Dundee bug” so I am planning to return in 4 weeks time to photograph more of this wonderful city. If you can recommend any wonderful buildings/ offices / sights Id love to hear from you.

This building is a wonderful testament to what can be achieved when the will and the talent is there. I read in one of Willie Watt’s posts ( about the Railway Station) that this is the first purpose designed station hotel in 100 years.

Hopefully there will be more to follow when those who are able, choose to do so. There is so much to be proud of here for Dundonians and so much for the visitor to see. I can’t wait to come back. Hopefully it will be warmer too!

If you would like to know more about the history, design and development of this building then take the time to read Willie Watt’s excellent articles.

Architects: Nicoll Russell

Engineers: Jacobs

Contractor: Balfour Beatty

Steel Fabrication and Erection: J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd

Sleeperz Hotel Dundee : If you’d like a book a room direct via the hotel. 

Interior Designers: Space Solutions. 

Construction Photography Awards

Finally I’d just like to add I was awarded Industrial Photographer of the Year 2018 via The Master Photographers Association, I am very proud to have received this award. I also gained an Award of excellence for my Commercial Photography. I travel UK wide and have full Professional Indemnity, Public Liability Insurance, I’m DBS Certified and I’m  a  Construction Photographer with a CSCS Card. If you’d like to get in touch call me on 07817 512 234 or email info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk Enjoy Dundee!

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Capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover showroom!

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership showing shared entrance. Photography by James Thompson.

Capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover showroom!

Successfully capturing the essence  of  luxury brands in an image really comes down to your own subjective interpretation of the brand and also how you respond to the image presented to you. Luxury brands like Jaguar Land Rover spend a great deal of time, expertise and money on designing, building and  promoting products that they hope we will all aspire to own and covet. It’s a continuing challenge for a manufacturer in an ever changing political climate.

Capturing the essence of a luxury brand Land Rover Range Rover
Land Rover Range Rover near Stanhope. Copyright of  James Thompson
Luxury brand Land Rover Range Rover at Stanhope by James Thompson
Luxury brand Land Rover Range Rover at Stanhope by James Thompson

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is on a journey that will affect almost every site in its retail network by the end of 2018 *

By the end of the process, JLR will have a total network of 138 sites, most of them dual-brand ‘Arch’ dealerships, with 35 franchised partners (falling from 41 in 2014). JLR said it will have 98 Jaguar franchise points and 125 Land Rover points, an increase of 15 and 10, respectively, over its 2014 network totals.

Each partner will invest between £2 million and £15m implementing JLR’s dual-brand ‘Arch’ concept as part of a network-wide investment of £1 billion.

Network Development Manager Sarah Nelmes is quoted on AM saying”;

“We needed to have a corporate identity that was relevant to our brands, that was premium, very distinctive, contemporary and corporate, but the strategy was also about bringing common ownership together in the same towns and I’m pleased to say that we are at the end of that phase now.”

Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson
Luxury brand Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.

The Arch concept and its progress

To date, a total of 10 Arch dealerships have been completed, 30 are currently being built, 23 of which will be completed by the end of the year.

Among the key features of an Arch site, as described by Nelmes, is a site sectioned into a 50:50 split of Jaguar and Land Rover, with a central reception desk.

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership showing shared entrance. Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership showing shared entrance. Photography by James Thompson.

Indoor service areas allow customers to deliver their cars in an indoor environment and staff use CitNow eVHC to monitor the vehicle on arrival and also film any work carried out.

Capturing the essence of the luxury brands in the building construction

Construction work was carried out by CCG Construction Group, based in Cambuslang, Scotland. CCG’s website details the build as follows:-

“Constructed using a steel frame and completed with high-spec curtain walling, features of the new Jaguar Land Rover facility, which is now open to the general public, include a panoramic glass frontage and open landscaping, both hard and soft, to the sides of the building.

capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Fascades.
capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Facades. Photography by James Thompson.
capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Facades. Photography by James Thompson.
capturing the essence of luxury brands Jaguar Land Rover through construction using modern Alucobond Cladding. Photography by James Thompson.

The luxurious interior is complete with a display showroom for up to 12 vehicles on the ground floor with high-specification desk space for sales staff located on the ground floor. Office and meeting facilities are located on the first floor offering views across the showroom floor.

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Jaguar Land Rover Dealership in Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.

A specialist workshop and parts department is also located to the rear of the building.”

Arc-Tech, in partnership with Hawthorne Boyle Ltd, provided a Design, Build and Commission mechanical and electrical package which includes highly specified showroom lighting, general internal power, lighting and emergency lighting, external lighting, power and illuminated signage, air conditioning systems, Heating and water services, specialist supplies to workshop equipment, supply and extract ventilation systems and drainage.

Professional Commercial Photography has an essential role in Marketing

Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership, Ayr. Photography by James Thompson
Jaguar Land Rover Arch Dealership, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson

With millions of pounds spent on design and construction, the building perfectly reflects the image of the brand.

Parks Motor Group Land Rover Showroom, Heath Road, Ayr. Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Land Rover Showroom, Heathfield  Road, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson.

I have been covering the construction of the new flagship Jaguar Land Rover dealership in Sunbury on Thames for J&D Pierce ( they fabricated and erected the structural steel at Sunbury and fitted the cladding here at Parks Motor Group JLR dealership in Ayr .) The JLR dealership in Sunbury has been described by Jaguar Land Rover as their ‘Global Statement Site” and it’s opening is linked with the launch of the New Jaguar I Pace and production of the new ‘Road Rover’ electric vehicle.

Parks Motor Group Jaguar Showroom, Heath Road, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson.
Parks Motor Group Jaguar Showroom, Heath Road, Ayr.  Photography by James Thompson.

Commercial Photography and Construction Photography

Commercial Photography and Construction Photography is my full time profession. I am a qualified Master Photographer of the Master Photographers Association. I can work with you at any stage of your project and I travel Europe-wide. References and testimonials are available on request.

I have provided links below to my sources of information and to the Constructors/ Architects involved in this project. You can contact me on 07817 512 234 or email me at info@ukconstructionphotography.co.uk.

Parks Motor Group: Parks Motor Group

Parks Motor Group: Parks Motor Group Ayr

Cladding: J&D Pierce (Contracts Ltd) of Glengarnock

Architects: Nimmo and Partners

Contractor: CCG Construction

Mechanical and Electrical: Arctech

  • https://www.am-online.com/dealer-management/manufacturer-insight/jlr-aims-for-overarching-success-with-network-reboot

Contract value: £4.3 million

Photography: James Thompson “Industrial Photographer of the Year 2018”

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