Plans for the 160,000 sq ft development at the Point site have been referred to as an ‘exploding Toblerone’ during a consultation preview.
Linda Inoki, leader of campaign group Xplain, was one of the guests at the event and said despite clearly listening to residents’ views the new design is ‘fussy, outdated and contrived.’
She said: “To be fair, they have tried to pick up on the public outpouring of affection for the Point when they announced plans to demolish it last year. But it would be much better to start with a clean slate for this very important site. The revised plan is just a box with a kitsch facade.”
The revised plans will see the building reach 20 metres higher with retail going on the ground and first floors and leisure facilities on the second. Developers, Hammerson, is also trying to attract tenants for a nine screen cinema and a bingo hall.
James Rowbotham, development manager for Hammerson, said: “We have taken on board the feedback received during last year’s consultation and have welcomed the opportunity to receive feedback from interested parties prior to these latest designs going on public display later this week.
Plans will be available to be viewed at the current site in the MacIntyre Cafe today between 12pm and 6pm and on Saturday between 10am and 2pm.
All are welcome to visit and give their views.