Dundee could follow up V&A with new concert hall

Plans follow successful launch of new museum

Dundee may get a concert hall and opera house to follow the opening of the V&A museum of design.

Officials at the city council say they are seeking a private sector partner to build a 6,000 capacity venue near the waterfront site of the V&A.

The news follows the successful launch of the £80m V&A, which officially opens this weekend with a two festival in the city, featuring local band Primal Scream.

The new museum is the result of major partnership between the V&A, Dundee City Council, the city’s two universities and the Scottish government.

They expect the new building, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, and which features exhibitions devoted to Scottish design, to attract 500,000 visitors a year and bring £68 million to the economy.

Launching the building, V&A director Tristram Hunt said the new museum was not “a branch office” of the London based institution but a museum in its own right. He said the V&A had a major and sustainable commitment to the Dundee museum but was only part of a much larger partnership and had only 20% of the board of holding company Dundee Design Ltd, which runs the V&A Dundee.

City council leader John Alexander said: “The new museums has already boosted confidence in the city. But the momentum that we have gathered as a result of the V&A has to be continue long into the future. It can’t be a flash in the pan. We have to continue to invest in culture because it delivers results.”

Mike Galloway, executive director of city development at Dundee Council, said: “There is definitely a gap in the market in Dundee for an indoor events arena that could double up as a conference and convention facility as well.”

Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect who designed the waterfront museum, said he was interested in working on future cultural projects in the area, which is currently undergoing a £1 billion regeneration.


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