Derelict Technology Park office to be upgraded

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The vandalised building in Technology Park.

Progress to bring a derelict office block back into use has been welcomed.

Concerns had been expressed over the state of the empty building in the Technology Park, which sits beside the Riverside Avenue Ambassador Route – a key entry road into Dundee.

The Luna Place office block, the owner of which is understood to be living in Ireland, has been targeted by vandals who have broken windows and sprayed graffiti.

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Vandalism at Technology Park.

Dundee City Council’s planning enforcement officer has confirmed electricity works will be carried out, with further repairs to be done afterwards and completed by the end of January. West End City Councillor Fraser Macpherson  welcomed the progress.

He said: “I am really concerned about the total mess of this building and the deterioration of it.

“I took this up with planning officers at the council and the selling agents who are local and I asked them to advise the owner to take steps to rectify the situation and properly restore the building.

“The building is on an Ambassador Route and the deterioration is very prominent and a terrible advertisement when visitors enter the city, so removing the eyesore as soon as possible is vital.”

“I am pleased to say that the owner has now given assurances to the council’s planning enforcement officer that the issues will hopefully be resolved in the coming weeks and the building upgraded.

Fencing was recently erected around the site, which Mr Macpherson said was a “positive sign”.

However, he added that afterwards there had been “poor workmanship” including trenches around the site and significant vandalism.

The council’s planning enforcement officer said: “The owner has confirmed the trenches outside were dug to allow electricity providers to put in cables.

“However, when they arrived on site they were unable to supply the required amount of power needed for the building. Work then came to a standstill.

“The transformers have been paid for last week but it takes six to eight weeks to get on site.

“When the electricity providers arrive on site, the other workmen will also start on site to enable to building to be leased again.

“The owner hopes the work will be completed by the end of January 2018.”