The run down shop frontage at Brothock Bridge is to be revitalised after a dental surgery expansion was awarded planning permission.
The Ian Robertson Dental Surgery has invested heavily in extending the practice and converting the old legal high shop into larger, modern premises.
“We had been looking to expand for a little while when we got the opportunity to purchase the two shops next door,” said owner Ian Robertson.
The existing practice is already located on Brothock Bridge and the expansion will convert the business from two to four surgeries, increasing the number of staff to approximately 15 people.
The building was previously the Arbroath Herald offices and also a tea merchant. Community reaction to the more recent tenant, selling legal highs, along with public pressure caused the shop to close.
“We are hoping to have a few of the latest gadgets which will help to make patients, particularly those who are not keen on visiting the dentist, more at ease and the general experience better,” explained Ian.
“We are extremely pleased that the planning permission went through so quickly, showing a real desire to revitalise this area.”
The project is being undertaken by Arbroath architects Voigt Partnership with a predicted completion of March 2016.
“There are elements that are in poor condition that will be addressed as part of the project such as cracks in the stonework, cornice, timber wall, ground floor windows and paintwork,” said a spokesperson for Voigt Partnership.
“The proposal is welcomed by immediate neighbours and the local community, especially given the uses and nature of some of the previous shopunits,”