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Kengo Kuma's Dundee V&A outpost wins planning

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Kengo Kuma and Associates has won the go-ahead for its proposed new £45 million outpost for the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in Dundee

Yesterday (17 September) Dundee City Council’s development management committee unanimous approved the waterfront scheme.

Working with Scotland’s cre8architecture and Arup, the Japanese practice won the high-profile international contest to design the landmark in November 2010 ahead of an impressive field that included Steven Holl Architects, REX and Snøhetta (AJ 03.11.10).

Philip Long, director of V&A at Dundee, said: ‘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.’

The Scottish government has committed more than £18 million to the project which will sit in the River Tay south of Craig Harbour.

Construction is due to begin in 2013 with projected completion in 2015.

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