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August 14, 2013

Dundee City Council approves Victoria and Albert museum plan

Dundee City Council in the UK has given planning permission for the £45m Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in Scotland.

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Victoria and Albert museum

Dundee City Council in the UK has given planning permission for the £45m Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in Scotland.

Tenders will be issued shortly to allow interested companies to start bidding to build the first V&A museum outside London.

The project is being undertaken by Design Dundee, a partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum and four local partners – Scottish Enterprise, University of Dundee, Dundee City Council and University of Abertay Dundee.

Designed by the Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma & Associates, the museum will be located at the centre of the Dundee City waterfront.

The building will feature exhibition and gallery spaces, offices, social areas, spaces for working and design, a restaurant and cafe.

After completion, the museum is expected to attract 500,000 additional visitors to the city every year.

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"The project is entering a new phase, where within the next few months people will begin to see evidence of V&A at Dundee coming into being."

V&A director at Dundee Philip Long said the project team has been working on detailed plans to translate the outline design into a construction model, and this work is almost complete.

"The project is entering a new phase, where within the next few months people will begin to see evidence of V&A at Dundee coming into being," Long said.

Construction is expected to commence early in the summer of 2014 and complete by the end of 2016.

Work has already started on the temporary infilling of Craig Harbour to create a platform from which to commence work on that side of the building, while the demolition of the former Olympia Swimming Pool is due to begin in September 2013.

Dundee City Council director of city development Mike Galloway said, "V&A at Dundee will be a huge asset for the city as a focal point in the transformation of the whole Waterfront area."

The Scottish Government has agreed to provide £15m in capital and £3.25m in development funding for the project, while another £15m is anticipated from the Heritage Lottery Fund and European Union funds.


Image: The museum will be located at the centre of the Dundee City waterfront. Photo courtesy of University of Dundee.

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