Former office block in Dundee flying high for boutique hotel future


A former office block in Dundee could be converted into a hotel with rooftop restaurant, after a new plan was submitted to councillors.

Assurance Developments has put together a proposal to transform the existing six-storey 1970’s building near the city centre into an 18-bed hotel, plus 18 holiday apartments and showstopping restaurant, which would offer a panoramic view over the River Tay.

Also included in the plan is a café on the ground floor, which is currently being used for a restaurant while the floors above have stood empty for years.

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RDA Architects said that it wanted to create a ‘new architectural statement’ and the plan presented an opportunity to revitalise a prominent site.

The building was first home to an old insurance company in the 1970’s and when they moved out, they leased it out for office space.

If the plan is given the green light by Dundee City Council, the city’s tourism would benefit, according to Kirk Stewart, director at RDA.

“There are other serviced apartments in town but not a great deal,” he says. “Primarily, this project is aimed towards those staying in Dundee for just a day, or a couple of weeks.”

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