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The V&A launches design contest for £47 million new Dundee home

The V&A has launched a search for architects to design V&A at Dundee, a new centre of design for Scotland planned for the city’s waterfront

The £47 million project is planned to open in 2014 and, according to the V&A, will occupy a ‘prime site at the heart of Dundee’s redeveloped waterfront’.

The landmark building will sit just to the south of Craig Harbour on a site to be created out into the River Tay.

‘We are proposing a stunning location actually out into the River Tay and we want to find a design team that can deliver a world-class building fitting for such a high quality project,’ said Mike Galloway, director of City Development for Dundee City Council.

‘A two-stage architectural competition is about to be launched and we expect to have interest in this project from prominent architects and designers from around the world’.

The official tender will soon be announced in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The expected expressions of interest due date is 12.02.10

Readers' comments (9)

  • Let's hope at least one of the design teams shortlisted have a knowledge of Scotland and, who knows, may have even visited Dundee. More than the support act.

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  • My money is on Gehry with RMJM and lots of titana, tittani, tiataniu ....highly polished stuff.

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  • ho hum another so called competition which by virtue of the 1st stage requirements (or hoops of fire) will be inherently uncompetitive.

    My hear sinks when within the paragraphs of the press release business plan and regeneration are trotted out. why cant we just make buildings which celebrate human endeavour, creativity and the built context into which they are to be placed.

    As the previous correspondent said more shiny stuff..

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  • What Dundee needs is a bit of gratuitous shape making.

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  • why all the cynicism...?

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  • ‘We are proposing a stunning location actually out into the River Tay and we want to find a design team that can deliver a world-class building fitting for such a high quality project,’

    ‘A two-stage architectural competition is about to be launched...'

    So,...another nice little job for the exclusive club of mega-practices. What about trying to use local talent, ...are there no schools of architecture in Scotland(?), or skilled Scottish architects with vision?

    Such a shame that every competiton of value automatically excludes all but the well established multi-disciplinary practices by 'virtue' of the 'hoops of fire' qualifying criteria.

    (P.S. this is a rant on behalf of local Scottish talent from an English Architect in France....no personal interest whatsoever)

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  • Dundee is a great little city, that has more of a "town" feel to it than any other Scottish city. The silvery Tay is one of the few things Dundee City Council has not yet destroyed, with absurd planning moves abound in the city.

    Hopefully this will be a sensitive move forward for the city but "world-class building fitting for such a high quality project" makes me shiver.

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  • honestly, if this had been London most on here would have their hands doon their pants at the prospect - and who said Scottish firms couldn't compete...? If the scheme is good enough then let it win...lets not have a half-arsed building on the back of po-nationalistic self-interest, please!

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  • LOL

    Envy is a terrible thing, isn't it?

    Go for it, Dundee. The rest are NOWHERE....

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