V&A success for Glamis architects

An artist's impression of the V & A Dundee from the Tay.
An artist's impression of the V & A Dundee from the Tay.

Partners and staff of an award-winning Glamis-based architects are on the threshold of playing a major part in creating the iconic V & A building on the Dundee waterfront.

James F Stephen Architects have accepted an invitation from the Japanese Architectural Practice, Kengo Kuma and Associates, to assist in the realisation of their competition winning design.

They will provide Executive Architect services throughout the prestigious project’s planning and 143-week construction phases right through to completion.

The move marks another major milestone for the company and its staff of 20 who have worked on a number of major projects, both at home and abroad, in the past.

One of the key influences resulting in the invitation to become involved in the V & A Dundee project was their successful collaboration with Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry in providing Executive Architect services during the design development, project planning, construction and contract administration phases of the iconic Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

All four architectural partners - Fred Stephen, his sons David and Paul and Doug Reid - have met with Kengo Kuma and Associates and their project team over recent months and attended the official construction phase launch of the project on March 5.

A spokesman for the practice said: “We consider the invitation to become so actively involved in such an iconic and high profile project to be quite an accolade and testimony to the high quality skills, experience and efforts of all of our staff upon which our respected reputation has been built.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for a local business such as ours to be afforded the opportunity to play such a key role in the creation of the V & A Museum of Design Dundee, which will be the first V & A Museum in the world to be located outwith London.

“With Kengo Kuma and Associates’ offices located in Tokyo, Beijing and Paris, our role will be to provide a local interface on their behalf with the client, project manager and main contractor and to assist in the overall co-ordination of design development and construction through to completion of the building project which is scheduled for December 2017.

“We also relish the prospect of collaborating closely with Kengo Kuma and Associates who are internationally renowned and who will continue to lead on all principal design matters. Construction works start on site on Monday (March 23) and we are looking forward to what will be quite an intense period of design and construction development activity over the first few months of the contract period.”