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.

Photograph of Sleeperz Hotel Dundee Reception with view overlooking Dundee Centre
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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Construction photographer shoots stunning Dundee Waterfront

Dundee Railway Station at nigh tby James Thompson

Life of a Construction Photographer

Working as a construction photographer involves travelling all around the UK on a vast array of interesting projects. Having a valid CSCS card has proved to be an absolute must. Following on from a commission at the Boeing Golden Care Hangar at Gatwick Airport I was then asked to go to Dundee shoot Dundee Railway Station.

Beautiful Dundee Waterfront

I have never been to Dundee so I was really looking forward to the visit. “Googling Dundee” also made me aware of the stunning V&A museum which has just recently opened to the public, I was excited to get there and watched weather reports for the best day to visit. I knew the times of day I want to shoot at , so once the weather was good, I packed the car and set off.  Unknown to me that particular Monday was a Bank Holiday in Scotland!

Stunning Dundee Railway Station

J&D Pierce Contracts Ltd have commissioned me to take construction photographs of several of their projects. In this instance their is no construction site as such as the building is finished and the public are using it everyday. The commercial images I take are being used for websites, social media and printed publications. I noticed the Railway Station as soon as I arrived in Dundee Town Centre, it’s a stunning building. The Railway station is also a Sleeperz Hotel and whoever has designed this building has done a great job! It’s beautiful. Here is shot I captured of the station at mid morning.

Construction photograph of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Construction photograph of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

The crispness of the design and the clean lines are simply breathtaking! I moved to the right to get a three quarter angle view and to bring the beautiful glass sides into sight. Whichever way you look at this building it is beautiful!

Three quarter view below:

Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

Stunning Archway Entrance to Dundee Railway Station

I don’t really think this entrance needs much introduction! What a beautiful design and construction, a stunning feature that blends in so perfectly with the overall shape of the building and also the magnificent V&A Museum opposite, Dundee has such a lot to be proud of!!

Construction photograph of Entrance to Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Construction photograph of Entrance to Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

The interior is just as beautiful!

Interior view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson
Interior view of Dundee Railway Station by James Thompson

Construction photography is a waiting game…

Taking images for commercial purposes is all about waiting for the right moment. Whilst waiting for the appropriate time of day to shoot I visited the V&A Museum. The queue to get in was massive! I waited and managed to get some lovely shots. I will show the images of the V&A in a separate blog. Meanwhile the time passed quickly I was ready to capture the evening images of this beautiful railway station on Dundee Waterfront.

Evening photographs of Dundee Railway Station

I think it’s fascinating to compare the ‘look’ of the building. Does it look better, or different depending on the time of day? Maybe you can tell me and leave your opinions, I’ll be delighted to hear them. Here is an evening shot of the facade.

Dundee Railway Station Entrance by Commercial Photographer James Thompson
Dundee Railway Station Facade by Commercial Photographer James Thompson

That entrance is really striking and inviting! Next is a wider shot taking in the whole building.

Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson
Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson

Continuing the comparison we now move on to the three quarter view showing those magnificent glass sides. They really look beautiful at night.

Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson
Three quarter view of Dundee Railway Station at night by James Thompson

Dundee Railway Station also has a pretty rear!

It would be easy to imaging that all of the beauty was directed at the front of the building and that the rear would be ignored or hidden away. However, as can be seen from the photograph below, this is clearly not the case.

Rear entrance of Dundee Railway Station by Construction Photographer James Thompson
Rear entrance of Dundee Railway Station by Construction Photographer James Thompson

It is clear significant thought, care and effort has gone into the design and construction of this fabulous building. I hope my portfolio of’ completed construction images’ do it justice. Dundee must feel rightly proud of this beautiful landmark on the up and coming Dundee Waterfront. I never know where my next commission will take me, on this occasion it has been a wonderful surprise. I can’t wait to show you the photographs of the V&A!

Links for more info  on this wonderful building and Dundee Waterfront

Architects Nicoll Russell

Constructors: Balfour Beatty

Steel Fabrication and Erection

Dundee City Council

 

More info here too: Scottish Construction Now

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