Tender Deadline Day
Gentle start to my day at 8.00 reviewing our weekend's social media coverage and emailing a few wee suggestions to our wonderful social media team. Great Facebook coverage of our amazing volunteers during Volunteer week last week and two more 5 star reviews on Trip Advisor. We are still ranked Verdant number 1 and Discovery Number 2 out of all the museums in the city on Trip Advisor and reading the consistently positive reviews from our visitors is always a complete joy and a lovely way to start the week. We have THE most gorgeous, beautifully curated exhibition on at the moment - the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry at Verdant Works - designed by the team who did the Great Tapestry of Scotland - visitors are saying it's even better than the Great Tapestry.
We are also five star rated by Visit Scotland at both sites - the highest rating possible - the team do such a great job - while it's part of my role to keep their constant focus on our culture of exceeding those 5 star standards it's generally pretty easy with a team who are so passionate about our offer.
10 am is our weekly Executive Management Team meeting - a three hour Zoom discussion between 3 of our senior team - the sharing is as usual very wide ranging - from the big strategic to the day to day. Alot of time discussing progress on our hugely exciting £12m major transformation of Discovery Point site. Major discussion also on countering the rather terrifying and very real threats posed to our heritage buildings at Verdant Works by a proposed demolition of the adjoining building at West Ward Works by a company that wants to build student accomodation. Hopefully the proposal won't pass planning as it would breach the city plan in relation to the presumption against more student housing.
The day ends with an email from the lead contact at Tay Cities signalling a further delay - we know it has nothing to do with us but equally that there is little we can do to influence beyond daily pressing for updates - the email dashes any hope we had of tenders being signed off today.
Miraculously though our brilliant architect Ged Young of AIM Design has pulled us from the edge of disaster having negotiated a small extension with both tenderers- a tiny reprieve beyond which it will be impossible to negotiate further - we must keep the pressure on..