£20m city centre hotel project approved for Robertson furniture store building

An artist's impression of the redevelopment

A former furniture store will be reopened as a new £20 million hotel and restaurant development, after councillors approved the plan.

The council’s planning committee gave permission for developers to transform the former Robertson’s furniture shop in Barrack Street into two hotels and a restaurant.

The application, which was made by Glasgow-based architects McNally Associates, claimed the redevelopment would bring significant benefits to Dundee.

Following the planning approval, work will now begin on demolishing the main buildings forming the B-listed Willison House, while the art deco facades will be retained, repaired and refurbished, and incorporated into the redevelopment of the site.

The project will see a six-storey hotel with 115 beds built and set back from the retained tiled facade, with a separate six-storey hotel building with 100 beds to the west.

A licensed ground-floor restaurant will accommodate hotel guests, as well as acting as a new dining spot for the city.

A report presented to the committee said: “With very few empty lots within the city centre, developing this site, which has a construction value of about £20m, has the potential to provide work for two years for local firms.

“The mixed use of buildings will also provide a number of facilities management job opportunities in a variety of employment sectors.”