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Wednesday30 July 2014

Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee gets planning

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£45 million project will sit on city’s waterfront

Kengo Kuma’s designs for a new V&A museum in Dundee have been approved by the city council.

Dundee City Council’s development management committee last night voted unanimously in favour of the £45 million building, which will sit on Dundee’s waterfront.

Philip Long, director of the V&A at Dundee, said: “This now allows us to move further with elements of the design and building programme, including procurement and tendering, and we will be doing that in due course.

“Elsewhere, we continue to make good progress in fundraising for the project, and also in developing an exciting programme for V&A at Dundee.”

The Scottish government is contributing more than £18 million towards the scheme and the Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged a further £9.2 million.

Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, said: “Our substantial financial contribution demonstrates this Government’s commitment to continue investing in capital projects such as this to support economic recovery and create more jobs.”

Kengo Kuma was picked for the job from a shortlist of six, which included Sutherland Hussey, Steven Holl Architects and Snøhetta working with Gareth Hoskins Architects.

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