A CITY centre building is set to be transformed into a large restaurant if a planning application is successful.
Permission has been sought by London-based firm Telereal Trillium to turn part of the former job centre at Gellatly Street into a large eatery
The three-storey building was home to the Department of Work and Pensions Job Centre until 2011.
It closed down when the services were moved to another building in Wellgate House.
Architect Jon Frullani, who is based in the city’s Greenmarket, has submitted the plans on behalf of Telereal.
Jon, who has been working in Dundee for 12 years, said: “The application is for three stories.
“The ground and first floors will be turned into a restaurant and the third floor will remain an office space.
“I think it should be quite popular because of its Waterfront location.
“It’s also good to see a large client like Telereal supporting Dundee.”
Telereal Trillium is one of the UK’s largest property companies, with a £6 billion portfolio.
It has long-term property leasing deals with firms including the DWP, which previously leased the building, BT and the DVLA.
A spokesman for Telereal Trillium said further information about the development would be released by the firm in due course.
While no information has been given about who will operate the restaurant once it is built, the Tele understands Telereal plans to retain ownership of the building and lease it out, similar to the previous agreement it held with the DWP.
Tim Allan, president of the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, said the investment would complement the V&A museum, which is set to open in 2018.
He said: “High-quality investment in the Waterfront area in Dundee is to be welcomed.
“If we can attract the right kind of client, it is certainly of benefit to the whole area.
“In turn, the investments will benefit from the V&A opening in 2018. “Overall, the expansion of the private sector is to be welcomed in Dundee.”