Developers behind a proposed multi-million- pound hotel next to Dundee’s airport have revealed the project has received international interest.
And they have released new images in a bid to market the site to potential investors.
Planning permission was granted by Dundee City Council in 2007 for a 60-bedroom hotel and restaurant on Riverside Avenue, but it fell through when those behind the project said they wanted it to have 102 rooms.
Local businessman Nael Hanna is leading attempts to revive the project and still has ambitions for a venue with more than 100 bedrooms, but now wants others to get involved.
If a 60-room hotel was to go ahead it could cost £3 million, but if plans for a 100-plus room building were given the go-ahead it would cost in the region of £5m.
Nael said that Dundee desperately needs a hotel next to its airport so it can continue expanding its air routes following the success of the latest Amsterdam flights.
The connection to the Netherlands was launched in May and initially only operated from Monday-Friday, but due to demand it has expanded to seven days a week.
Nael, who also owns Dundee’s “murder house” at Roseangle in the West End, said: “I am the developer behind the project now. Since the airport started flights to Amsterdam, there has been so much interest — internationally as well.
“We are now just waiting for an operator or investor who realises the potential of the site, and the huge investment that is going into Dundee’s Waterfront, to get behind it.
“We need an airport hotel. There are few airports in the world — even small ones — which don’t have a hotel next to them.”
Nael is adamant the hotel would need as many rooms as possible and says potential investors have echoed his thoughts.
He said: “We want to increase the planned number of rooms in the hotel. We have spoken to the airport and it has no objections, while the council has been supportive along with local MSPs, who are excited by the proposals.
“We need to encourage more people to come to Dundee and more jobs for people in the city.”
Images of what the hotel would look like have been created by Dundee firm Architecture Interiors Media, and Nael said he was confident the public would think the building was “beautiful”.
He added: “The hotel will look stunning and it would look even better with two extra floors on it.
“Anyone who comes to Dundee will see it and say, ‘That is beautiful’.”
The hotel is said to have “the potential to command fantastic views of the Tay and beyond”.
A new website for the project also states the bedrooms and restaurant would “capture the sun setting up-stream to the west and provide external balcony areas to view the entire stretch of water from the bridges in the east across to Gauldry in the west”.
Richard Ellison, chairman of Dundee and Angus Visitor Accommodation Association, welcomed the plans.
He said: “I think it’s great to hear of any potential development coming to Dundee.
“The Amsterdam and Stansted routes are doing really well, so it’s certainly not a bad development site next to the airport.
“I think it would really help people coming from places like Aberdeen who want to use one of the routes.”