The striking new building overlooking the river Tay in Dundee is the long-awaited outpost of the V&A museum. Externally the huge edifice looks like it’s just about to set sail over the Tay and away to Sea, with a pronounced prow paying homage to the past industry of Dundee. That past history includes being the home of kids comics through the ages, although most of those are now online, rather than being bought at the newsagents with weekly pocket money!
Like many infrastructure projects this was over time and well over budget, mid-build the £45m budget doubled. Somewhat confusingly every man and his dog (no, not you Gnasher!) have contributed to the cost except seemingly the V&A. Well that’s big brands for you.
Northern Resurgence with the Northern Spire
Like the Northern Spire, this is a shining symbol of renewal and regeneration. Could it herald a revival for the City much as being the City of Culture last year did for Hull. Or will it be a Hasting Pier job, which slipped into administration late last year (2017). The pier, which was restored with the help of £11.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has now been sold to a local businessman for £50,000, despite a local campaign run by Friends of Hastings Pier to buy the pier for the local community, which raised £477,000.
While this initially looks idiotic it is the huge maintenance costs that do the damage. The pier’s administrators, noted that significant cash for working capital and investment purposes, amounting to more than £1m, would be required to make the pier sustainable. So it’s making such things sustainable, and not just parachuting in a glossy new building that is required.