V&A - Dundee

Stratis was very grateful to Kengo Kuma Architects, JF Stephen Architects, Dundee City Council and contractor BAM Construction for the opportunity to be part of this incredible project.


Stratis supplied Shadbolt FD30 & FD60 doorsets for this beautiful building.


The building

Curving concrete walls (there are no straight external walls) hold 2,500 pre-cast rough stone panels, weighing up to 3000 kg each and spanning up to 4m wide, to create the appearance of a Scottish cliff face. There are 21 separate wall sections. V&A Dundee is an impressive 8,000m² building, with 1,650m² of gallery space.


After a Low and Zero Carbon Technologies study was undertaken in 2011 as part of the project’s BREEAM obligation to identify the most appropriate form of renewable energy for the building, geothermal energy was identified as the solution.

Thirty 200-metre deep bore holes form part of this system for the heating and cooling of the building, supplemented by air source heat pumps on the roof. These provide direct renewable energy for the museum, with 800,000 kWh/annum of heating and 500,000 kWh/annum of cooling.

Construction of the building was led by Dundee City Council, with project management from Turner & Townsend. The total cost of design, construction and fit-out is £80.11m.