We must have known Dundee was going to be named the must-visit European destination for 2018 by Lonely Planet when we first set our sights on the city for our next project.
Dundee, the fourth largest city in Scotland after Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has a burgeoning cultural scene and is set to open the first digital design museum, the V&A Museum, this September; in what is a first for Scotland.
The city and its people have ramped up activities in recent years and are shining the spotlight on Dundee and its architecture.
We’re delighted that our next project takes us here to a thriving city.
That is why we are investing £20million in two brand new hotels and a restaurant at Willison House on Barrack Street.
Located on the site of the former Robertson’s House Furnishers store, which stood for 130-years in the city until its closure in 2011, we’re looking forward to breathing new life back into the building which has sadly been neglected now for several years.
Our plans are to restore the distinctive 1930s arc deco façade and refurbish the building, bringing it back to life, back to Dundee, and to Dundeonians.
The former warehouse will house a ground floor restaurant and three-star hotel as we work with our architects to restore and create a new future for Willison House, one that pays homage to the past and looks to the future.
We’re sure our contribution to Dundee will be popular with visitors as numbers are expected to grow once the V&A officially opens to the public.
There’s certainly a buzz about the place and if you don’t know Dundee yet, you soon will as the city is most definitely on the map and on the up.