About the Exhibition Road Building Project

The V&A is embarking upon a major development project to create new galleries and public spaces accessed through an entrance on Exhibition Road.

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The Exhibition Road Building Project will provide a state-of-the-art underground gallery for the V&A’s internationally renowned programme of temporary exhibitions, a new Exhibition Road entrance into the Museum and a courtyard and café at ground level. This project will allow the museum to improve our visitor experience and accessibility, enhance the relationship between the V&A and Exhibition Road, and enable future restoration of the historic spaces currently used for exhibitions.

Inside the new gallery

New entrance to the courtyard. © AL_A


The new entrance into the V&A. © AL_A

The scheme is fundamental for the V&A to continue to fulfil its core mission of bringing in new audiences and to further establish Exhibition Road as an international cultural destination. Enabling works were completed in June 2013 to divert services within the site and building work is planned to start in early 2014 and complete by the end of 2016, opening to the public in 2017.


The descent into the gallery space. © AL_A


Ascending into the new courtyard. © AL_A

In March 2011, Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) were announced as the winners of the international competition to design this scheme. AL_A are now working with the V&A to develop a more detailed design, and work on the main construction contract will commence in early 2014. The budget for the Exhibition Road Building Project is £42 million; over 70% has already been raised through private donations.

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support of this project.

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Wed 14 May 2014 10:30

Using drawing as a starting point, Liam O’Connor will be documenting the progress of our Exhibition Road building site. Visit Liam’s studio to see him at work.

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