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How the V&A Dundee took shape

More than 10 years after the idea was first touted, the design museum has transformed the waterfront in Scotland’s fourth city.

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The VandA building design by Kengo Kuma was selected from 120 entries (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The VandA building design by Kengo Kuma was selected from 120 entries (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The VandA building design by Kengo Kuma was selected from 120 entries (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Here are the key dates in the construction of the V&A Dundee building.

2007: Discussions begin on bringing a design museum to Dundee as part of a £1 billion transformation of the city’s waterfront.

2009: V&A Dundee is announced as a key feature of the 30-year project.

January 2010: An international competition to design the new building is launched, with 120 entries submitted.

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The museum vision submitted by Kengo Kuma and Associates (Design Dundee Ltd/PA)

The museum vision submitted by Kengo Kuma and Associates (Design Dundee Ltd/PA)

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The museum vision submitted by Kengo Kuma and Associates (Design Dundee Ltd/PA)

November 2010: Kengo Kuma & Associates’ “bold and ambitious” design is named as the winning proposal from a shortlist of six.

September 2012: The building is granted planning permission after members of Dundee City Council give it their unanimous approval.

January 2015: It is revealed the planned cost of the project has increased by £31.1 million to just over £80 million.

March 2015: A ground-breaking ceremony marks the formal start of construction work.

May 2016: A cofferdam – which will allow the museum to be built into the water – is completed in the River Tay, a major milestone in the building project.

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Stone panels create the appearance of a cliff face (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Stone panels create the appearance of a cliff face (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Stone panels create the appearance of a cliff face (Andrew Milligan/PA)

March 2017: Local school children take part in a topping out ceremony.

June 2017: Builders hang huge cast stone panels on the walls of the museum, giving the building its signature look.

January 2018: It is announced the museum will open on September 15 this year.

February 2018: Kengo Kuma visits the completed building for the first time.

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The museum points out over the water like the prow of a ship (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The museum points out over the water like the prow of a ship (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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The museum points out over the water like the prow of a ship (Andrew Milligan/PA)

May 2018: Dundee is named one of the year’s must-see destinations by travel bible Lonely Planet in anticipation of the museum opening.

September 14: Primal Scream headline the 3D Festival in Slessor Gardens celebrating the museum.

September 15: V&A Dundee opens to the public.

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