Culture secretary says V&A will inspire ‘awe and wonder’

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop with Dundee City Council leader John Alexander and V&A director Philip Long.

Scottish Government culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has said the V&A at Dundee will inspire “awe and wonder” in visitors.

Ms Hyslop visited the waterfront museum for the first time since cutting the first sod to being construction work on the Kengo Kuma-designed building in 2015.

She was given a tour of the building by V&A director Philip Long and representatives of Dundee City Council, including administration leader John Alexander

Ms Hyslop said: “Its amazing. I cut the first sod and haven’t been back since so to see it inside it was a great privilege.

“I got a real sense of the awe and wonder people will get walking around it.”

The visit took place after a debate held in Parliament last month, in which Ms Hyslop highlighted Dundee’s contribution to Scotland’s cultural life and reached cross-party backing for the city’s bid to become 2023 European Capital of Culture.

The £80.11m project to create the museum is at the heart of Dundee’s ambitious £1bn waterfront regeneration supporting the creation of more jobs and wider economic benefits.

The construction of V&A Dundee is on schedule for opening in 2018, with major progress made recently on removing the temporary cofferdam which enabled the museum to be built out into the River Tay.