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Five architects in line for Perth hall revamp

Five architecture practices have been shortlisted to redesign Perth City Hall into a world class cultural attraction.

The designers hoping to secure the council-led project include Austin-Smith: Lord, Hoskins Architects, LDN, Mecanoo and Richard Murphy Architects.

Together they have transformed a number of historic buildings including the National Museum of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery and the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre.

Their initial design concepts will go on public display in June and the successful bidder is likely to be confirmed by the end of this year with construction work starting in 2019 and completion scheduled for 2021.

Perth and Kinross Council voted in June to bring the building back into public use with the vision of increasing the city’s capacity to display collections of national significance, house major touring exhibitions and feature national and oversees loans.

Together with a £10 million investment to transform Perth Museum and Art Gallery, it is planned that the two venues will tell the story of how the ancient roots of Scotland were forged in Perth in the Kingdom of Alba, and how modern Scots including the painter John Duncan Fergusson shaped the modern world.


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