New apartments will feature rooftop terrace showcasing area
A block of city centre offices is to be transformed into new holiday apartments with a rooftop terrace.
Plans to alter the vacant premises 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 an at-home setting for visitors to the city.
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 rejuvenate the exterior of the original block, which was built in the 1970s.
The existing ground floor restaurant would be unaffected.
Dundee City Council planners welcomed the application and said it complied with a number of local development policies that are designed to encourage regeneration in the city.
In her review, 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.”