18 September 2012
V&A at Dundee has been granted planning permission after members of Dundee City Council's development management committee gave it their unanimous approval.
Councillors considered the application for the £45million project at a meeting on September 17th.
Philip Long, Director of V&A at Dundee, said, "We are delighted that planning permission has been granted. This is obviously another significant milestone for the project and reflects the tremendous amount of work that has been carried out by everyone involved to bring us to this point.
"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.
"There is much to do to bring the project to fruition, so we welcome the very strong support we continue to receive from all of our partners, and especially the public, who have been extremely enthusiastic about the prospect of V&A at Dundee."
Commenting on this latest development in the project, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said, "This is a significant step forward in realising the vision for the V&A at Dundee, an international cultural project which has the potential to bring great benefits to the city and the whole of Scotland. It will attract visitors from all over the world and presents an opportunity to strengthen Dundee's reputation as a centre for the creative industries.
"The Scottish Government has committed more than £18 million towards this pioneering project which is at the centre of Dundee’s regeneration. 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."
Notes to Editors
V&A at Dundee
The V&A at Dundee is being delivered by Design Dundee Ltd, a ground-breaking partnership between the Victoria and Albert Museum - the world's greatest museum of art and design - and Dundee City Council, the Universities of Dundee and Abertay Dundee, and Scottish Enterprise.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded it a first round pass* of up to £9.2m, including £200,000 development funding, in May 2102. The Scottish Government has committed £15m in capital towards the project’s £45million budget.
Following the 2011 spending review, the Scottish Government confirmed it is making a total of £15 million capital available to the V&A at Dundee project towards the £45 million construction cost. In addition, £1.75 million revenue funding has been allocated from 2012-15. The V&A in Dundee has already received £1.511 million interim support from the Scottish Government since 2010 – making a total of £18.261 million.