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- V & A Design Museum in Dundee

Architect's Impression of New V&A Museum in Dundee

Purpose-built Design Museum for Dundee
Work has finally started on an 80 million building which is to be a satellite of the Victorian and Albert (V&A) design museum in London.

The project has been beset by problems with projected costs spiralling from the initial estimate of 45 million.

The museum is scheduled to be open to the public in 2017. Its ultra modern design was commissioned from a Japanese firm of architects which won a competition for the waterfront site,

V&A Dundee director Philip Long said the museum promised to be world class institution. "People from Dundee and across Scotland are looking forward immensely to having this, the first purpose-built design museum outside of London in the UK.

"We're putting in place an expert team, and we're already getting people involved in creative opportunities. "We want the V&A Dundee to do what every good museum does - to educate and inspire, and we're achieving some of that already through our programmes."

The museum is connected to the famous Victoria & Albert Museum in London which has the largest collection of decorative arts exhibits in the world. The London museum was established in 1852. The graphic here of the entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is © Simdaperce via Wikimedia Commons.

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Tam O'Ranter
March 2015

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