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News Archive - August/September 2017
Architect selected for Perth City Hall development
Dutch architectural practice Mecanoo has been appointed to lead the redevelopment of Perth City Hall into a new visual arts attraction for the city.
The practice, which is responsible for other major cultural projects including Birmingham City Library, the HOME arts venue in Manchester, and the New York Public Library, was selected from a shortlist of five following an international design competition.
Transforming the building into a modern cultural attraction will allow Perth & Kinross Council to deliver on one of the themes of the Perth City Plan: Smart Growth for Perth City to grow the visitor economy of Perth. City Hall will be a major new venue, displaying museum and art collections alongside loans from elsewhere and touring exhibitions from the UK and abroad. It will also provide community and learning spaces and create a meeting point at the heart of Perth.
Perth & Kinross Council has committed £20m to the combined transformation of City Hall, Perth Museum & Art Gallery and the new collections store. A further £10m is being sought from the Tay Cities Deal and other sources. The council has committed further funding of £2.8m towards improvements in the area surrounding the building and routes to and from it. This is part of an additional £14m to improve public spaces and lighting.
Planning and listed building consent are expected to be applied for in 2018, with work scheduled to start on site in 2019.
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