Friday, 1 October 2010

Woolly thinking in Dundee

the exciting Asda proposal for Dundee
You know, when I receive my personal copy of Planning every week from the RTPI goons in London, I always go straight to the Scottish news. There is some good news this week for Dundee as the Court of Session has dismissed a bid by Tesco to block plans for a new Asda store on the former NCR site at Wester Gourdie. That's great news for Dundee and for Asda - sales of the best Lorne Sausage that money can buy will continue and the good people of Dundee will have the choice they deserve. However in my expert planning view there is a very large fly in the ointment - some might say a big bluebottle.
the Sutherland Hussey proposal - but who are they?
The English museum commonly known as the V&A or Victoria and Albert is to build a satellite on the banks of the River Tay and it has been the subject of an international architectural competition, the shortlist of which was also announced this week. But what a load of rubbish - no Keppies and no Halliday Fraser Munro though I believe that the Great Dr Donald Trump's manservant architect Gareth Hopkins is playing a minor role in one of the teams. Here's another joke building, this time by Rex - I had a dog called Rex when I was a boy.
the Rex proposal
Anyway, the point is that this is all wrong. Asda should locate on the waterfront and adopt one of the shortlisted proposals - yes? So what would attract more people and spending? A big Asda or an English Museum? The answer is clear and my proposal is shown below - I got wee Robbie, the technician in the office, to knock this one up for me. It's a proposal by a firm called Snøhetta - first their proposal then my brilliant suggestion underneath!
Snøhetta original proposal

Snøhetta original proposal + my brilliant idea
Fantastic! I know that Royalist Director of Planning Mike Galloway OBE will immediately see the error of his ways and go down the common sense route of retail rather than a dull old English Museum. That's the power of town planning!


Greener Leith said...

Your idea is a brilliant one. However, I would've expected more from you to be honest. Forth Ports/Asda/Waterfront Edinburgh have already built a stunning retail cathedral on the Firth of Forth - at Western Harbour.

Clearly, they wanted to keep it a secret from those plagiarists in Dundee, as there's not a single image of it on the interwebs that I can link to. Nevertheless, it's open 24 hours and there's always a pleasant teenager on the door to help you through the initial choice paralysis as you walk through the door.

Dave Thompson said...

Hello Greener and thanks for the important heads-up on this one. If I had more time I would immediately write a review of it - it sounds amazing!

Yours in planning

Dave T

scott davidson said...

As an older art collector since my wife passed away, I must admit to being very partial to collecting nudes in art, as original paintings or as good prints, that I have displayed all over the house. (I like to see the surprised faces of my new visitors).
This one,, by Emile Munier, is hanging in one corner of my bedroom and was printed by, where I am a very good customer.