Architects unsurprised by V&A Dundee cost overruns
January 20 2015V&A at Dundee project above water has been given short shrift by architect Alan Dunlop, who points out that it was never feasible to deliver the building for £45m – its budget as originally given – in a television interview.
That figure has now nearly doubled to £80m, ostensibly due to inflation within the construction industry. Dismissing these claims however Dunlop told BBC Reporting Scotland: “It was clear to anyone with any experience in architecture and building that it couldn’t be built for the £50m allocated budget. It just couldn’t be done without reductions in cost.”
As far back as 2010 commentators were warning that the museum could end up a ‘millstone around the city’s neck’ amidst widespread industry incredulity at the £45m figure quoted by project backers.
A funding gap of £30m remains to be bridged to make the first purpose built design museum outside London a reality.
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