THE 19th-century listed buildings which previously reflected the importance of Montrose in the world of international trade and shipping have been bought by Montrose Port Authority (MPA).
Situated on the Port’s north quayside, the imposing B-listed Customs House and Granary Store was previously owned by the Stonehaven-based engineering firm, Whittaker Group which planned to redevelop the almost derelict buildings into a modern office and training complex. Angus Council gave the project the planning permission in March this year.
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However, following a period of significant growth, MPA, which is a trust port, has bought the B-listed buildings and adjoining land to preserve it as an important piece of local maritime heritage with plans to also transform it into a commercially viable space and a vibrant community hub.
MPA is now looking to work in collaboration with other interested parties in developing this exciting new plan.
Announcing the purchase, Tom Hutchison, CEO of Montrose Port Authority, said:
“Montrose Port Authority is fully committed to preserving the heritage of our region while embracing growth and innovation. We believe that the Customs House, with its rich history, is a jewel waiting to be polished.
“In the spirit of collaboration, we are working closely with our stakeholders on the design and development of this iconic site and welcome the input of interested parties as we ensure the future of these buildings reflect the aspirations and values of the business and local community.”
Leader of Angus Council, Cllr Beth Whiteside, commented: “These 19th century listed buildings hold a special place in our local history, this project not only preserves the legacy of our past, but marks an exciting new chapter of opportunities for the local community and rejuvenates a tired area of the coastal town. I look forward to seeing Montrose Port drive the redevelopment forward, creating another great asset for our region.”