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A note from our Patron

Picture of our patron Brian Cox
Our Patron

"How delighted I am to be Patron of the Civic Trust. The work of the Trust is crucial in helping to ensure that change is for the better and that mistakes made in the past, which have seen so much of the City's unique architectural heritage replaced by mediocre development are not repeated.

When I was a student I did think at one time there was a plot to unnecessarily demolish all the truly remarkable buildings which are part of Dundee's history. For example how dearly I would love to see the restoration of the Royal Arch or for that matter General Wade's HQ which disappeared into the Overgate Development.

But now Dundee is truly the city of many facets, a city of survival as well as discovery. New buildings such as the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre, Maggie's Centre, and the reclamation of Gardyne's Land are projects regenerating the architectural heritage of the City.

The proposals for a new Waterfront Development bringing the City closer to the river reveal an ongoing process of renewal while the Trust's study of Dundee city centre closes reveals the potential of a hidden aspect of mediaeval Dundee. At present the City has the perfect opportunity to combine the most modern architecture with buildings dating back to the 14th Century.

I am truly impressed by my city's incredible ability to re-invent itself on a continuous basis. To encourage this all those interested in the future and the past of Dundee must work together. I would urge anyone with an interest in the development of the City to become a member of Dundee Civic Trust and join the campaign for a better Dundee."

Brian Cox