Dundee’s new waterfront development project has been given a huge boost, as the city council has granted planning permission to the construction of a new museum.
The Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum will be the first of its kind outside of London.
It will be constructed at a cost of £45 million and will transform the area. The project has clearly got the full support of Dundee City Council.
The city development director, Mike Galloway, said:
“V&A at Dundee will be a huge asset for the city as a focal point in the transformation of the whole waterfront area.”
Galloway also said it would set the city up on the international scene, something Philip Long, the project’s director, agreed with. He said:
“Kengo Kuma’s fabulous design will give Dundee and Scotland a wonderful space to enjoy outstanding international exhibitions, and to learn about Scotland’s remarkable history.
“I believe it will attract visitors from across the world.”
It is also great news for local construction firms. Now in a far better position than previously, many of them aided by factoring companies in Scotland, the arrival of the V&A tender notices cannot come soon enough.
Work has begun on the site preparation; with Craig Harbour being temporarily filled in order to create a construction platform.
The 40-week demolition of the Olympia Swimming Pool site is already underway too.
The major construction work of the V&A building itself is not due to start until next summer though, with the facility due to be available towards the end of 2015.