Permission sought for water tower development

A new lease of life?
A new lease of life?

Arbroath’s iconic water tower, which is over 100 years old, could be set for a new lease of life despite lying unused overlooking Keptie Pond.

Angus Council has received a planning application from Mr Grant Stewart of Industrial Training Centre Scotland Ltd., seeking permission to transform the building into a diver training centre.

And if permission is granted it is hoped the new facility would be of benefit to the renewable energy industry as well as commercial businesses, the emergency services and the military.

In the planning application submitted to the local authority, details for the proposal include the refurbishment of water tanks, installing a new roof, forming an internal staircase and installing a ground floor slab.

It also states the ground floor would be sub-divide to create classrooms, toilets and changing rooms would be installed and the main access door would be altered.

The water tower is a category B-listed building and was built in 1885, using labour from the unemployed in the town at the time.

It was designed by Friockheim architect William Gillespie Lamond in the style of a mediaeval fortress.

It’s purpose was to provide Arbroath with a drinking water supply but only fulfilled this function for 20 years.

This was due to the provision of a greater water supply from Glenogil and in 1937 the land surrounding the tower was given to the Arbroath Town Council for use as a park.