Marlyn Glen welcomes V&A design decision announcement

3 November 2010

Marlyn Glen has welcomed the announcement of winning design for the V&A outlet in Dundee.

She said,

" This is a stunning design to complement the stunning situation of the city at the mouth of the Tay.

"For decades of the 20th. Century Dundee’s ‘brand’ was ‘The City of the 3Js’.

"For the early decades of the 21st. Century, it could be 'The City of the V&A' "

The proposal to bring the V&A to Dundee was first made in April 2007 by Labour First Minister Jack McConnell in the city.

Ms. Glen has backed two motions tabled in the Scottish Parliament that mark the declaration of the successful design.

These read :

That the Parliament congratulates Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, whose design has been chosen for the V&A museum planned for Dundee’s waterfront; pays tribute to the other architects shortlisted, and considers it important to bring the V&A museum to Dundee and to properly fund such a development.

That the Parliament congratulates Kengo Kuma and Associates, the design team that has been awarded the contract to construct the Victoria and Albert Museum building at Craig Harbour in Dundee; welcomes the news that four UK-based companies, including three from Scotland will be involved in the project to build what it expects will become a national landmark; understands that the project, expected to be completed in 2014, will create 900 jobs and bring an estimated 130,000 extra visitors to Dundee each year; further notes that the museum aims to provide access to high-quality exhibitions for residents in Dundee and across Scotland, and welcomes the support given to the project by the University of Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government.




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