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V&A Dundee gets planning green light

The £45m waterfront museum will celebrate Scottish design and host international touring shows

The design for the V&A at Dundee by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma

The V&A at Dundee, an affiliate of the London museum in eastern Scotland, secured planning permission this week and building work is due to start next summer. Dundee City Council gave the go-ahead on 12 August for the dramatic structure on the bank of the River Tay, designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. With costs estimated at £45m, it is the most expensive gallery project ever undertaken in Scotland.

The building will have two galleries for temporary exhibitions, partly for travelling shows from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as well as from elsewhere. There will also be two galleries housing a permanent display of Scottish design, with some of the loans coming from the V&A. Philip Long, a former curator from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, is the director.

The Scottish government has committed £15m to the £45m museum building project and a separate £3m for development costs. The Heritage Lottery Fund has given first-round approval for £9.2m (its decision on the full amount is expected in November). Other donors have provided £4m. This leaves just under £17m to be raised, and contributions are likely to come from Scottish Enterprise and the European Union.

Dundee City Council is expected to pay a major part of the running costs. The V&A is not contributing financially, but will be providing expertise, loans and exhibitions.

The building is expected to be completed in 2015 and to open the following year. The project represents a strong card for Dundee in the contest to become UK City of Culture in 2017 (Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay are on the short-list, with the winner due to be announced this November). After the initial surge of interest, visitor numbers at the V&A at Dundee are expected to settle down at about 200,000 to 350,000 a year.

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16 Aug 13
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Dear old Leicester is my home town. Anything less like a "city of culture" is almost impossible to imagine!

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