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MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord designs for Perth City Hall go on public display

MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord designs for Perth City Hall go on public display

A public exhibition, featuring the initial design concepts for the transformation of Perth City Hall, is now on display. The exhibition features the designs created by MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, one of the five teams shortlisted to revitalise the City Hall.

The concepts can be viewed in the Civic Hall within the Council buildings at 2 High Street, Perth from 12 noon on 12 June. The exhibition will then be open 10am-7pm on weekdays and 10 am - 4 pm 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 here. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the designs.

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.

The project forms part of Perth’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. Perth and Kinross Council are looking to bring the building back into public use and create an international cultural destination for permanent and temporary exhibits. The revitalised building will deliver accessible community and creative learning spaces for locals, and serve as a new cultural destination for visitors to the city.

Winy Maas, Founding Partner at MVRDV said:

"We love the historic old building of Perth City Hall and our design proposal, together with Austin-Smith:Lord, will create a hall of mirrors that reflects the panoramic routes around the Art Mixer within the main hall. We will also add a public roof garden with panoramic views of the city. The building becomes a welcoming, new central hub for Perth. Perth City Hall is brought back to life!"

Graham Ross, Partner and Glasgow Studio Principal at Austin-Smith:Lord said: "Perth City Hall should become Perth's Living Room. A place for culture and community to congregate; where Perth extends a welcome to all and showcases itself to the world, and visa versa. We keep the best of the original building and redefine it as a dynamic Art Mixer. And we create a panoramic civic roof garden to give the city an incredible public space like no other."