The Bharatiya Ashram or Dudhope Day Centre was established in 1995 to promote benefits for all, but primarily for ethnic minority groups from local surrounding areas of Dundee. The day centre runs a wide range of activities including Education, Health, Art, Social Initiatives and facilitates many other support services. Its overall objective is to improve the quality of life of it’s members. In 2008, the centre secured funding for refurbishment and general improvements to this listed building in order to make it more secure, attractive, practical, and energy efficient.
Following a preservation survey of the building, Hampton’s identified extensive dry and wet rot within it’s foundations and roof that necestiated a complete shelling of the building. Affected structural timbers and stonework were treated to eradicate decay problems using Wykamol approved preservation techniques. Any severely damaged timbers were either repaired or replaced.
Working in conjunction with a local plumbing and electrical contractor who installed a ground source heat pump as well as solar themal panels on the roof, Hampton’s carried out repairs to the roof, resinstated plasterwork throughout, installed new wood skirtings and hi-spec doors including laying a new wooden floor in the theatre hall. A quality finish throughout was acheived.
Preservation Work & Internal Refurbishment
Refurbishment work was finally completed in early 2010 when the centre was officially opened by Dundee Lord Provost John Letford.