V&A at Dundee
V&A at Dundee will be an international centre for design, housed in a world-class building at the heart of Dundee's revitalised waterfront. It will host major exhibitions, celebrate Scotland's design heritage, inspire and promote contemporary talent, and encourage design innovation for the future.
V&A at Dundee forms part of the V&A's long-term vision to bring the Museum's collections and exhibitions to a wider audience as a key part of its national strategy.
V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a ground-breaking partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum and Dundee City Council, the Universities of Dundee and Abertay Dundee, and Scottish Enterprise.
Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma & Associates won the international architecture competition to design a landmark building for the museum on the banks of the River Tay. The bold and ambitious design will be Kengo Kuma's first British building, and the first design museum to be built in the UK outside of London. Kuma describes his vision for the building as a new 'living room for the city' - a vibrant place for everyone to enjoy.
Preparation of the site is underway and building work is due to start in summer 2014. The projected date for the main fabric of the building to be in place is the end of 2015. Its completion, the interior fit-out and exhibition installation will follow throughout 2016, leading to the first full year of programming in 2017. A pre-opening programme of events, activities and exhibitions is ongoing, including V&A exhibitions being held at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum every autumn.
The Scottish Government has committed £15m in capital towards the project's £45million budget. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded it a first round pass of up to £9.2m, including £200,000 development funding, in May 2012. Over £4m has been raised in private donations and further bids to other public bodies and private donors are on track.