Work begins on eight units for ‘start-up’ companies in Dundee

An artist’s impression of the new units at Dunsinane Estate
An artist’s impression of the new units at Dunsinane Estate

A printing firm is hoping to reinvigorate a historic industrial estate by attracting up-and-coming businesses to its new work spaces.

Work is under way on a group of eight units designed for “start-up” companies to be used as either offices, for industrial use or for storage at Dunsinane Industrial Estate.

The units are being built by printing firm Winter and Simpson, and will be located next to the company’s own facilities.

Stephen Simpson, managing director at the firm, said: “The units have been designed to be attractive to small, possibly start-up companies.

“There is a dearth of small units on Dunsinane Industrial Estate.”

Dunsinane was once home to firms such as Valentines and Levi’s, both of which have since closed down.

However, new firms which have moved in include car sales firm Peter Vardy, which opened a branch of its showrooms on the site last year.

Dundee firm DP&L also moved to Dunsinane from its 100-year headquarters on Dock Street in 2014.

Some of Dunsinane’s other tenants include Audi and Mercedes dealerships, and wholesalers such as Plumbstore, Toolstation and Booker.

Building work is also ongoing to create a retail park next to Peter Vardy. The development will include a pizza takeaway, nursery, drive-thru coffee shop and sandwich store.

Stephen said the recent activity on the estate following a period of decline was another reason Winter and Simpson decided to build.

He said: “The estate itself has seen considerable improvement and investment over the last couple of years.

“These units will continue to enhance this regeneration.”

The new units, which will be available form next spring, will be let through Westport Property.

Similar work to create start-up units is going on elsewhere in Dundee.

Plans to create 34 start-up friendly units on Loons Road were approved in January.