THE world-renowned architect who produced the famous “vision” for Plymouth has died aged 80.
David Mackay was hired in 2003 by the then Tory administration to create a masterplan to modernise Plymouth’s city centre and waterfront.
The £100,000 proposal led to the filling-in of the Royal Parade subway and creation of the Armada Way piazza, and the development of Millbay.
Sussex-born Mr Mackay was based in Barcelona where he had become famous for being one of the architects behind the city’s 1992 Olympic Village. He died earlier this month and his funeral has taken place in the Spanish city.
Ian Potts, a director of both Architects Design Group and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, led tributes today by saying: “He was a quiet, unassuming character but with a significant ability to be a ‘repairer of cities’.”
Mr Potts said he was among a group of people who gave Mr Mackay a guided tour of the city as he formulated his ideas.
“David’s Vision for Plymouth has become a powerful catalyst and guide to the regeneration of our city,” Mr Potts said.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]