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V&A at Dundee could open in 2016

Following Dundee City Council’s decision to grant planning permission the £45m V&A at Dundee project in Scotland, the museum could open to the public in 2016, director Philip Long said in an update.

Tender notices will be issued “shortly” to allow interested companies to begin bidding on the construction of what will be the first V&A museum outside London.

“I am delighted by the approval, which now allows us to move V&A at Dundee further towards realisation. The V&A at Dundee team has been working on detailed plans to translate the outline design into a construction model, and that work is now almost complete,” Long said.

“Kengo Kuma's fabulous design will give Dundee and Scotland a wonderful space to enjoy outstanding international exhibitions, and to learn about and get involved with Scotland’s remarkable history of design creativity,” he added.

Construction is expected to begin early next summer. The main fabric of the building should be in place by the end of 2015 with completion, the interior fit-out and installation of the first exhibitions and displays set to follow over the course of 2016.

“We feel this timescale is realistic and, crucially, will ensure V&A at Dundee is ready to play a central role in the UK City of Culture 2017, should the strong case put forward by Dundee be fortunate enough to win,” Long said.

The project won the WAN 2011 Civic Award.

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