Hol­i­day apart­ments pro­posal ap­proved

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports - BY JON BRADY

A BLOCK of city cen­tre of­fices is to be trans­formed into new hol­i­day apart­ments with a rooftop ter­race.

Plans to al­ter the va­cant of­fices at the cor­ner of White­hall Cres­cent and Crich­ton Street were sub­mit­ted in July by As­sur­ance De­vel­op­ments Ltd.

Promis­ing an “ex­cit­ing and con­tem­po­rary” new look, the de­vel­op­ers hope to rein­vent the block as 27 ser­viced hol­i­day apart­ments, cap­i­tal­is­ing on Dundee’s fu­ture in tourism.

Each apart­ment will have kitchen and en-suite fa­cil­i­ties, pro­vid­ing a more ath­ome set­ting for vis­i­tors to the city for years to come.

In ad­di­tion, the build­ing will be topped off with a new rooftop ter­race of­fer­ing panoramic views stretch­ing from City Square and across Slessor Gar­dens to the River Tay.

A “liv­ing wall” of ar­ti­fi­cial greenery will be added to the fa­cade to act as a fo­cal point, and to re­ju­ve­nate the ex­te­rior of the orig­i­nal block, which was built in the 1970s.

The ex­ist­ing restau­rant on the ground floor would be un­af­fected.

Dundee City Coun­cil plan­ners wel­comed the ap­pli­ca­tion and said it com­plied with a num­ber of l ocal de­vel­op­ment poli­cies that are de­signed to en­cour­age re­gen­er­a­tion in the city.

In her review of As­sur­ance’s ap­pli­ca­tion, case of­fi­cer Claire Myles wrote: “Over­all the pro­posal would en­hance the ap­pear­ance of the ex­ist­ing build­ing in the con­text of the sur­round­ing built en­vi­ron­ment and its prom­i­nent cor­ner lo­ca­tion to the west of the Caird Hall.

“The change of use to ser­viced apart­ments on the up­per floors would not al­ter the ground floor, would en­cour­age more foot­fall into the city cen­tre and would re­sult in the re­use of a va­cant build­ing.

“This would add to the vi­tal­ity of the city cen­tre.

“In terms of de­sign, the pro­posal would re­sult in a vis­ual im­prove­ment over that which ex­ists at present, and as such it would en­hance the Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tion Area.”

How­ever, a num­ber of con­di­tions were im­posed on the de­vel­op­ment to en­sure it was used as in­tended, in­clud­ing a 90-day limit on the time a per­son could lease an apart­ment.

Ms Myles said that while the ac­com­mo­da­tion was of an “ac­cept­able” stan­dard for tem­po­rary use, it would not meet per­ma­nent res­i­den­tial re­quire­ments.

In ad­di­tion, As­sur­ance will be held re­spon­si­ble for any dam­age to sur­round­ing pave­ments and roads whilst car­ry­ing out the ren­o­va­tions.

The de­vel­oper was con­tacted for com­ment but had not re­sponded as the Tele went to press to­day. Our­voice PAGE 16

Left, the of­fice block and main, an artist’s im­pres­sion of the new apart­ments.

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