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Green light for V&A to expand underground

Design includes a courtyard and new entrance

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has obtained planning permission to build its extension. The design, by the architect Amanda Levete, includes a new courtyard and entrance in Exhibition Road, a large underground temporary exhibition gallery and a link to the main building. Costs are £41m (up from last year’s estimate of £35m), of which the V&A has raised £25m. Building work starts next year and the extension is due to open in 2016. Meanwhile, in the main building, new furniture galleries are due to open in December.

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 238 September 2012