Construction of the museum is being led by Dundee City Council, with project management from Turner & Townsend. Work started on site in March 2015 and the construction programme is progressing well, running on time and budget. Our topping out ceremony was held on 1 March 2017.
Our extraordinary building is itself a testament to great design. The building is a three-storey structure, with curving concrete walls and 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, which will be hung on the walls to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections, with no straight external walls. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space.
The total cost of design, construction and fit-out is £80.11m.
A Low and Zero Carbon Technologies study was undertaken in 2011 as part of the project’s BREEAM obligation to identify the most appropriate form of renewable energy for the building. A variety of options were analysed including wind turbines, solar panels, photovoltaic cells, biomass and river source heat pumps, resulting in geothermal energy being identified as the most appropriate solution.
Thirty 200-metre deep bore holes form part of this system for the heating and cooling of the building, supplemented by air source heat pumps on the roof. These provide direct renewable energy for the museum, with 800,000 kWh/annum of heating and 500,000 kWh/annum of cooling.
The project aims to achieve the BREEAM Excellent category as a recognised measure of sustainability.