A former whisky bond could be transformed into a block of modern flats under a new proposal put to city planners.
The upper floors of the B-listed Robertson Bond on Seagate have lain unused for 20 years, since last occupants, Dundee Printmakers Workshop, left in 1999 for the DCA.
Development firm Appletree Bond Limited – based in Dundee’s Vision Building – wants to repurpose the floors overlooking the Seagate into one and two-bed flats.
The hopeful investors have submitted a planning application to Dundee City Council through Voigt Architects in which they have outlined their hopes for the building.
In all, they hope to create 29 flats, with some facing on to Seagate and others looking to the north, away from the street.
A comprehensive ventilation system has been included in the application because of the building’s age.
Storage space has been set aside for bicycles in line with council planning policies. However, the applicants have not included any provision for car parking space as no room is available on the site.
They hope motorists would be happy to park in nearby Gellatly Street instead.
In a statement included with the application on Appletree’s behalf, Voigt said: “The proposal will restore and reuse a redundant listed building which is falling into disrepair.
“(It) will create modern apartments that will support the housing stock for Dundee, helping to address the accommodation shortage.
“The overall development will be of a high quality to revitalise an existing listed building.”
Built in 1897 for John Robertson and Company – famous for its “yellow label” whisky – the building was later used as a print gallery between 1980-1999.
While the upper floors have been unused since then, the ground floor is occupied by independent clothing shop Arkive.
Appletree’s bid is not the first application to be put forward to reinvent the Robertson Bond in recent times.
A similar application for 28 flats was approved in 1997, and another for 24 flats was accepted in 2007.
The local authority confirmed it received the application on Thursday.
Planners have until April 18 to make a decision.