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V&A could get £5m in public funding for underground extension

The museum has received first round approval for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund after having its application for £8m rejected

The Victoria and Albert Museum has received first-round approval for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of just under £5m for its new extension. As we reported, an £8m application had been rejected in April because HLF was swamped with funding requests (July-August, p14). Those below £5m can be quickly resubmitted, so the V&A asked for £4,999,999. Initial approval was announced on 30 July and the full award could be confirmed in November. Before the HLF decision, the V&A had raised £30m towards the £42m project. Building work is due to start in early 2014 and the new extension should open three years later. Designed by the architect Amanda Levete, it will provide a new entrance, a courtyard and a large underground temporary exhibition gallery.

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