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Capital projects

Capital funding supports physical infrastructure in order to maximise participation in high quality cultural and heritage events and activities.

Current projects:

Following the 2011 spending review, the Scottish Government confirmed it is making a total of £15 million capital available to the V&A at Dundee project towards the £45 million construction cost. In addition, £1.75 million revenue funding has been allocated from 2012-15. The V&A in Dundee has already received £1.511 interim support from the Scottish Government since 2010 – making a total of £18.261.

The V&A at Dundee will be Scotland's leading centre for creative design and forms part of the Dundee Waterfront regeneration project.

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Theatre Royal projects will increase public access to the work of the Scottish Opera and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. They will also provide improved public facilities, in time for culture festival for 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Total project value is estimated at £25m million (£15m for Royal Concert Hall, £10m for Theatre Royal).

The Battle of Bannockburn Project, funded by the Scottish Government and Heritage Lottery Fund, and managed by Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, will create a £5m state-of-the-art visitor centre at the site of the battle of Bannockburn by 2014.

Previous projects:

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery re-opened on 01 December 2011. The total costs of refurbishment and re-presentation of the collections are £17.7m. Since reopening the gallery has received over 300,000 visitors in nine months.


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The redeveloped National Museum of Scotland opened on 29 July 2011. The total costs of the redevelopment was £46.7m. Since July 2011 NMS has welcomed a record-breaking 2 million visitors in its first year, making it the most visited attraction outside London.


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Heritage Lottery Fund







Historic Scotland's £12 million Stirling Castle Palace Project, which returned the royal palace to how it may have looked in the 1540s, was completed in June 2011.