Dundee’s politicians have hailed the winning design for the Dundee V&A building as ‘a major step forward for the city.’
Dundee East and West MSPs Shona Robison and Joe FitzPatrick and Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie welcomed the announcement that the winning design by Japanese architectural practice Kengo Kuma & Associates design team has been awarded the contract to construct the iconic building at Craig Harbour.
Since the first suggestion in 2007 that the world’s greatest museum of art and design, the V&A, was seeking to establish a presence outside London, city politicians Joe FitzPatrick, Stewart Hosie and Shona Robison have been strongly supportive throughout and have helped to secure Scottish Government support.
Joe FitzPatrick, MSP for Dundee West, who attended the Announcement Ceremony at Abertay University today said: “Dundee V&A now has a truly iconic building design for this prime location – one of the most spectacular waterfront sites in Scotland – which will become a national landmark and will draw visitors from throughout the UK and beyond to Dundee.
“Now that the project has become a reality consolidated around this intriguing winning design, it will undoubtedly play a big part in revitalising Dundee, not to mention give a significant boost to local employment and Dundee’s tourism.
“It is also a huge plus that three Scottish companies and one UK-based company will be involved in the project.”
Dundee East MSP Shona Robison said: “It is fantastic that we have now moved on to the next stage of the project with a winning design and a world-leading architectural team including three Scottish companies poised to make this into a physical reality here on the Tay.
“The public have played a big part in the process – with a magnificent 13,000 plus turning out to view the six models and design concepts at the University of Abertay Library and expressing their views.
“It is very exciting for the city and we should all take great pleasure in what Design Dundee Ltd and the project partners have achieved in a relatively short time.”
Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie said: “This is a major step forward for the city.
“I would like to congratulate the thousands of members of the public who got involved in discussions of the respective merits of the architectural designs. The Dundee Design Team have now made their decision and selected a worthy winner.
“Dundee can now move on to the next exciting stage and watch our iconic building take shape on the banks of the Tay.
“Not only will we have a magnificent and unique building which will attract worldwide interest, it will also act as a focus for bringing a considerable boost to local employment and tourism for the city and for Scotland. This is a big day for Dundee.”