Shortlisted designs for Perth City Hall to be showcased

PerthCityHallAn exhibition featuring the initial design concepts created by the five shortlisted architectural firms for the transformation of Perth City Hall into a cultural attraction are to go on show for members of the public.

The building, which closed its doors to the public in 2005, is to be converted by Perth & Kinross Council into a world-class visual arts visitor experience.

The shortlisted architects Austin-Smith:Lord and MVRDV; Hoskins Architects; LDN; Mecanoo; and Richard Murphy Architects will each submit designs for the exhibition.

Last week BAM Construction was appointed by hub East Central Scotland to redevelop the building.

The concepts can be viewed in the Civic Hall at 2 High Street from 12 noon on 12 June. The exhibition will then be open 10am-7pm on weekdays and 10am - 4pm at weekends until 24 June. Images from the exhibition will also be displayed at the back of City Hall opposite St John’s Kirk, and online.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the designs.

The final decision on which firms wins will be made by Perth & Kinross Council in the summer. Formal public consultation will form part of the subsequent planning process.

Following the successful architect being confirmed, the development of the detailed plans and applications for planning consent and listed building consent will take place, with construction works due to begin in 2019.

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