I think a more cross-party civic approach to its delivery will now be vital if it is actually to be achieved.
Detailed proposals for the V and A at Dundee project will be on show at the University of Abertay Library on 17th, 18th and 19th January, from 10am to 4pm each day. Plans for the new site plus the latest flythrough and visuals will be on display, and visitors will be encouraged to share their views with staff across the three days.
|The revised site proposal|
What would concern me would be if the change had been made purely to save money and if the visionary elements of the design had been lost.
Kengo Kuma’s design was an inspired choice and I want to make sure none of the vision is lost.
The Director of City Development has advised me that:
|V&A at Dundee winning design|
Earlier this week, my LibDem colleague Alison McInnes, MSP for North East Scotland, met with Graham McKee, the project leader for the V&A at Dundee initiative.
Alison said after the meeting, “I have followed this project with keen interest and it was useful to get an update from Graham McKee on the next steps. We discussed the winning design and viewed the model of the innovative design currently on display in an exhibition at Parliament. The stunning design for the new centre for design innovation has been created by Kengo Kuma and Associates.
“The V&A at Dundee is a welcome addition to the growing arts offered in the city but will also bring significant benefit to the economy of Dundee by creating 900 jobs and an estimated 300,000 visitors per year.
“That is why it is essential that the detailed preparatory work goes ahead promptly now that the winning design has been chosen and I therefore welcome the £5 million of funding committed by the Scottish Government to take forward the V&A project.”
Yesterday, responding to the announcement that up to 170 new jobs could be created in Dundee by Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa, regional MSP Alison added, “The creation of new jobs in the renewables sector is to be welcomed.
“Gamesa’s interest in siting the logistics and manufacturing centre in Dundee is likely to lead to others following suit. Scotland is widely acknowledged as a centre for renewable engineering expertise and Dundee is a good place to invest.
“I would urge the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council to do all they can to clinch the deal.”
As Lesley Knox, Chair of the V&A at Dundee project and of the jury panel, said, “Kengo Kuma’s proposal was the unanimous choice of the jury panel and is a worthy winner; a building that will delight visitors and encourage them to revisit it again and again. It demonstrates a clear understanding of the city, offers a new experience of the river, and will be as exciting internally as it will be externally.
“This has the potential to be one of Europe’s most exciting buildings.”
It is now vital that all the funding is secured to ensure this inspiring project for our city becomes a reality.
It will run until Thursday 4th November and will give all Dundonians the opportunity to give views on the six designs.
The V&A at Dundee website is atwww.VandAatDundee.com.