Waterfront regeneration ‘truly transformational’ says UK Culture Secretary on visit to V&A Dundee

Lesley Knox, chair of the board of V&A Dundee; Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee,

The UK Culture Secretary has described Dundee’s £1bn waterfront regeneration as “truly transformational” during a visit to the site of V&A Museum of Design Dundee today.

Karen Bradley, who was joined on the tour by V&A Dundee director Philip Long, also praised the development of the new museum which she said will raise the profile of the city in the UK and internationally.

Unique story

“It has been fantastic to see how this inspirational project is developing,” said Bradley.

“V&A Museum of Design Dundee will be a great asset for the city – telling Scotland’s unique story from the 1400s to the present day – and raising the profile of Dundee in the UK and abroad.

“Cultural investment can have an enormous impact on towns and cities – it drives tourism, boosts the local economy, creates jobs and makes people feel good.

“Dundee clearly understands this and the city’s £1 billion waterfront regeneration will be truly transformational. I can’t wait to see the finished museum when it opens next year.”

Dedicated to design

Opening in 2018, V&A Dundee will be the first museum in Scotland dedicated to design and the first building in the UK designed by Kengo Kuma, the internationally renowned architect who is also designing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium.

The museum will present the largely untold story of Scotland’s outstanding design achievements, bringing together in one place the world-renowned V&A collections with loans from other collections in Scotland and beyond.

The £80.11m project is at the heart of Dundee’s ambitious £1bn waterfront regeneration.

Philip Long said: “It is really wonderful to see the museum take shape and the progress being made.

“Cultural investment can have a transformational impact and I believe the waterfront regeneration we are part of will have a hugely positive effect on Dundee and the surrounding area.”

Close partnership

V&A Dundee has been established in close partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, accessing its collections, curatorial expertise and exhibitions.

It is run independently with its own director and, as well as bringing V&A exhibitions to Scotland, it will develop its own exhibitions.