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Future of Dundee’s historic Custom House ‘still being explored’ by hotel firm

The redevelopment of the Customs House has been halted for now

The future of the Dundee’s old Custom House is still being explored following the introduction of a watersports park to the area.

Brett Davidge, previous general manager at the Apex City Quay Hotel, had put plans to reimagine the Dock Street building as a boutique hotel on hold in May 2017.

Mr Davidge, who left his post earlier this year, had shared concerns of what he called a “negative impact” on the area by the watersports park, run by East Lothian firm Foxlake.

The redevelopment of the Customs House has been halted for now

Apex bought the A-listed building from the Dundee Port Authority in 2014 for an unspecified sum with a view to redeveloping it.

Now, a spokesman for Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa said “various options” were still being considered by the firm, now under the management of Ronnie McKay.

The spokesman said: “We are still exploring various options for Custom House – it represents significant capital investment, which will only be assessed once appropriate due diligence and market appraisal has taken place.

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“In the meantime Apex is continuing to work with local businesses, tourist attractions and Dundee Tourism Action Group to promote Dundee as a top visitor destination.”

Foxlake’s peak season, where it is open all week, has just come to an end, with the park opening six days a week until winter, when it reduces to two.

A review of its floating “adventure park” was deferred until next month by the licensing committee.