£6.7m contract

Keir wins deal to restore music hall

image-2-auditorium-restored-cgi-hlf-s2Kier Construction Scotland has been awarded a £6.725 million contract by Aberdeen Performing Arts to carry out work at one of Scotland’s oldest and most historic concert halls. 

The multi-million transformation of Aberdeen Music Hall includes the restoration, redevelopment and upgrading work on this historic A-listed building.

Work will begin on site next month and is expected to be complete by summer 2018.   Kier will carry out complex demolition and excavation work, restore the concert hall’s original features and build new public areas with improved access.

The ambitious plans will allow the classic auditorium with its renowned acoustics, historic Willis organ and Strachan murals to be safeguarded for future generations.

The announcement builds on Kier’s work on a number of iconic buildings including the Royal Opera House and, closer to home, at Edinburgh College of Art and the world-famous Glasgow School of Art.

Kier Construction Scotland’s area operations director Sean O’Callaghan, said: “We are delighted to be working on restoring and transforming the Aberdeen Music Hall – a national treasure that lies at the heart of Aberdeen city centre.

“This technically challenging project really highlights our capabilities and expertise in this field.   

“We have a solid record of successfully completing major projects of this scale and we will build on our relationships with the local supply chain to help create a range of employment opportunities in Aberdeen and the north of Scotland to deliver this important project.

“This is the moment we’ve been waiting for,” said Jane Spiers, chief executive of Aberdeen Performing Arts.

“Appointing Kier as contractors for our Music Hall Transformation project makes the project real. It’s been in discussion now for 3 years, in blueprints and plans for a couple and preparing for work to start has dominated the landscape for the whole team for the last year.

“Local people shared fond stories and memories at our Your Hall Your Story closing events and we know they are excited to see the next chapter unfurl. Opening the doors to let the contractors in is the first step of bringing the plans to life.

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