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V&A to launch competition for Dundee museum

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is set to launch an international competition to design its new £43 million Scottish outpost before the end of the year

The AJ has learned that the V&A is looking to bring in a big name to draw up proposals for the building in Dundee – part of a huge Bilbao-inspired masterplan to regenerate the city’s waterfront. 

Early feasibility studies for the ‘satellite’ museum, which is backed Dundee University and Dundee City Council, have already been drawn up by Conran & Partners and business planning consultant Whetstone.

Although the scheme still needs the official green light from government, it is understood the economy-boosting proposals have been ‘informally’ well received by the first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond.

Conran’s Matthew Wood, who has been working on the initial feasibility since late 2007, told the AJ: ‘The V&A is looking at the glitterati – a world-class, high-profile architect and experienced gallery designer.

‘The touchstone at the core of the project has always been Bilbao [with its Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim].’

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