Offers sought for historic Dundee department store site

A historic former Dundee city centre department store site has been brought to the market.

The vacant B-listed building on Barrack Street, which was the former Robertson’s furniture store, operated on the site between 1929 and 2011, when the company went into administration.

The building comprises a four-storey art deco style building constructed c.1935, prior to which it was the Willison United Free Church.

The development site, measuring just over 0.5 acres in area, already has planning permission for a 215-bed hotel. The hotel blocks are in two parts – one for 115 beds over six storeys and the other for 100 beds, also over six storeys. There is additional licensed restaurant space on the ground floor.

Offers are now being invited for the potential delivery of development, with this described as being an ‘ideal location’ for purpose-built student accommodation, subject to planning, given the demand for student housing in the city.

Will Scarlett, of Scarlett Land and Development, who are marketing the site, said, “This is a superb opportunity for an exceptional development in Dundee city centre which is very well connected. Clearly given strong demand for student accommodation and given its location in close proximity to universities and colleges, this is an ideal opportunity for a student housing developer to progress such a scheme.”

The closing date is September 16 and there is a preference for bids that are not conditional on planning.