Custom House in Dundee is set to be converted for hotel use after being snapped up by a national chain.
Apex Hotels bought the historic Waterfront building in September, as revealed by the Tele. No details were released at the time about the company’s plans for the property, which lies next to its existing hotel at City Quay.
However, the firm today confirmed it was looking into proposals to convert the building as an extension of what it currently offers, but more information on what’s planned at the site is unlikely to be available until later this year.
A spokeswoman for Apex Hotels said: “We are currently reviewing our options for the building as an extension of the existing hotel.
“We have a number of hotel refurbishments and extensions in progress and in the pipeline across the Apex Hotels group, so it is unlikely that we will be able to confirm our plans for Custom House until later in 2015.”
Custom House, which is A-listed, has long been identified as a possible five-star hotel, which could accommodate between 38 and 80 bedrooms.
It spent months on the market through city firm Unicorn Property Group before its CEO Tim Allan confirmed in September that it had been sold.
The price of the takeover was undisclosed, but Mr Allan said that the new deal would take precedence over any proposals previously discussed for the 1840s building, which was formerly the headquarters of the Dundee Port Authority.
Apex has other four-star hotels in London and Edinburgh. Should Custom House be converted into accommodation, it will be adding to a series of other hotel developments already planned or in place in Dundee.
Nearby at the central Waterfront, work is set to begin this year on a new railway station building that will include a 130-room hotel.
On West Bell Street, a former university building will be converted into a 33-bedroom budget hotel under plans approved in October and work has also started at Argyll House and the adjoining Waverley House in West Marketgait to convert it into a Hampton by Hilton hotel.
Hosting 105 bedrooms, that venue could be open as early as 2016.
Council chiefs in charge of Dundee’s 1 billion Waterfront redevelopment believe as many as 500 extra hotel rooms could eventually be needed in the city to accommodate extra visitors and business from the project.