The mastermind behind the £1 billion regeneration of Dundee’s Waterfront has said the divisive Site 6 development is needed to connect the city centre with the V&A.
Mike Galloway, who retired as Dundee City Council’s executive director of city development in September, said the Waterfront development, which covers a five-mile stretch of the shoreline, is about more than creating new public spaces.
Speaking at the Scottish Economic Forum, he said the controversial office and hotel block ensures the city centre and Central Waterfront areas are not isolated from one another.
Mr Galloway said: “The important thing here is not just simply public buildings and the creation of high-quality public spaces but also the creation of mixed-used development, in partnership with private sector, which will be the next wave of development within the Central Waterfront project.
“In particular, the council is pushing forward with proposals for two sites within the Waterfront.
“One is under construction at the moment directly opposite the V&A that will be joined by a new four-and-a-half star hotel run by Marriott.
“It is very important we need to have active ground floor uses so we make the whole area an attractive one to pedestrians and that we link the existing city centre down to the river, down to the V&A and the activities and facilities that will be there.”
Although developments on Site 6 have always been included in council plans, the building work angered many residents when construction began.
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde even said the building should be “torn down” when she performed on stage in Slessor Gardens in August.