New aerial pictures have captured the latest stage in the ongoing redevelopment of Dundee’s Waterfront at Site 6 opposite the V&A.
The first elements of the western building have gone up at the contentious site, which has been the focus of complaints from locals who fear the office block will spoil the view.
Framework for the block is now standing tall, giving residents an idea of how high the finished product will be.
The latest images of Site 6 were released by local drone photography firm Rising View, which specialises in aerial pictures.
Dale Summerton, director and drone pilot at Rising View, said the images showed how tall the new block would be in relation to neighbouring buildings.
He said: “There has been a lot of talk about the construction in the media and the backlash against it.
“The steel frame has now been erected so you can see how close and how tall the building will be.”
Costing £15.5 million, the western building development will be seven storeys tall and include office space, ground floor commercial units, a service yard and its own dedicated parking, as well as a hotel overlooking the V&A.
The images suggest that it will be higher than the museum, across the road at the water’s edge.
It forms part of a wider development, which is expected to take up the rest of the Site 6 space between South Union Street and South Crichton Street.
Work is expected to be completed on the building in February next year.
A total of eight plots have been earmarked for Site 6, with a central courtyard in the middle.
However, despite the masterplan being publicly available for a number of years, the development did not attract criticism until approval was given to the final proposals for the first building on the site.
Online petitions quickly pulled in thousands of signatures once locals realised the building would obscure the view of the V&A Dundee museum from city centre streets such as the Nethergate.
Despite this, work is carrying on at the site — and Dundee City Council bosses have stood firm by their decision over the height of Waterfront projects.
Speaking as work got under way in January, city development convener Lynne Short said: “I haven’t been surprised by the response but maybe we should be talking more about what’s happening and bringing people with us.
“We’re not doing it because we want to take away a view, we’re doing it because we want an amazing city.
“It’s about recreating Dundee. It’s about the people of Dundee, whether you are born here or choose to live here — doing the best for them.”
A 360-degree version of the image, showing the whole of Dundee from on high, can be seen on Rising View’s Facebook page at facebook.com/risingviews.
Landmarks which can easily spotted include the Caird Hall, Slessor Gardens, the Law, City Quay and the Evening Telegraph’s home at the DC Thomson offices in Meadowside.
Meanwhile, other plans for the Waterfront continue to make progress.
Last week, architects Keppie Design showed three potential designs for Site 10, located to the north-west of Slessor Gardens, immediately next to the off-ramp for the Tay Road Bridge.
The options propose a mix of offices, residential units and a hotel — with a final option to be decided in the coming months. City planning chiefs have also given the go-ahead to the “urban beach” that will sit to the east of the V&A on Site 9.