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Perth City Hall Renewal

Mecanoo win Renewal of Civic Building in Perthshire, Scotland: Winning Architects Firm

27 Aug 2017
Mecanoo Appointment for Perth City Hall Renovation

Perth City Hall interior renovation by Mecanoo
image courtesy of architects office

Perth City Hall Renovation

The category B-listed building will be transformed into a cultural facility with exhibition spaces, learning suite, café and retail space.

13 August 2017

Perth City Hall Competition Winner

Perth City Hall Competition Winning Design by Mecanoo

Mecanoo Architects from The Netherlands emerged as Perth & Kinross Council’s preferred partner to bring forward a transformation of the historic Perth City Hall following an international design competition after winning the most support during a public engagement exercise.

Perth City Hall Shortlisted Design by Mecanoo |

Seeing off four other shortlisted teams Mecanoo will now be tasked with overhauling the current attraction and surrounding public realm to create a £20m museum.

Council leader Ian Campbell commented: “The final decision will be for councillors to make next week, but I’d like to thank all members of the public, local businesses and cultural organisations who took the time to contribute their thoughts. What is clear is that there is a shared enthusiasm to see progress made with the City Hall and the level of public engagement throughout this process has been very pleasing to see.”

Depute chief executive Jim Valentine added: “Mecanoo stood out as having responded sensitively to the brief, conserving much of the historic building with an innovative and flexible design that will stand the test of time. The panel felt that Mecanoo paid particular attention to the needs of a wide range of visitors and the transformation of the area surrounding City Hall into a vibrant, inclusive civic space of which we can be truly proud.”

Detailed designs will now be drawn up ahead of an expected planning application next year, withy work commencing on-site sometime in 2019.

The Mecanoo team includes BB Heritage Studio, Arup, Aecom, BDP, Cushman & Wakefield and GWP.

15 Jun 2017

Perth City Hall Shortlisted Designs

Perth City Hall Shortlist Design News

Perth & Kinross Council are exhibiting five shortlisted designs for the redevelopment of Perth City Hall, enabling the public to have their say on initial concept designs.

– Austin-Smith:Lord with MVRDV
Perth City Hall Shortlisted Design by Austin-Smith:Lord with MVRDV |

– Hoskins Architects
Perth City Hall Shortlisted Design by Hoskins |

Perth City Hall Shortlisted Design by LDN |

– Mecanoo
Perth City Hall Shortlisted Design by Mecanoo |

– Richard Murphy Architects
Perth City Hall Shortlisted Design by Richard Murohy Architects |

The architects are bidding for the cultural attraction, which is set to become a centerpiece of the its 2021 UK City of Culture bid.

When complete the revitalized hall will house interactive displays, learning facilities and a meeting space in the centre of town.

Austin-Smith:Lord with MVRDV’s approach will see a dramatic staircase installed to allow those up for the climb to ascend all the way to a dramatic new rooftop garden from St John’s Square. Hoskins meanwhile propose to improve access with a new raised plinth with existing entrances opened up and circulation rationalized, culminating in a new temporary exhibition space in the roof.

For their part LDN plan to install a series of exhibition plinths along the Hall’s south side, outlining the edge of a raised plinth reserved for cafes. A ‘21st century entrance’ will also be formed facing St John’s Kirk taking the form of a full-height glazed wall.

Mecanoo have opted for a more understated approach with retention of the existing roofscape, although existing solid doors will be replaced with glazed alternatives.

Last but not least Richard Murphy Architects aim to remove the central portion of the north elevation in its entirety, save for the cornice and parapet which will rest on a new steel beam, in order to insert a new glass wall. The ground floor would also be lowered to sit flush with surrounding streets.

The five designs will be on display until 24 June at Perth Civic Hall from 10:00 until 19:00 on weekdays and 16:00 on weekends.

18 Apr 2017

Perth City Hall Building News

Perth City Hall News

Five of the biggest names in UK architecture are vying for the right to redesign Perth City Hall with the building’s re-opening scheduled for 2021, reports The Courier.

Each has a grand vision for redeveloping the building into a cultural attraction capable of bringing visitors to the city from around the world.

A shortlist has been drawn-up of firms whose experience includes some of the most significant museum and theatre projects in recent history.

Perth City Hall Building exterior

They will now develop initial design concepts for the listed Edwardian building before revealing them to the public in June.

The people of Perth will then have an opportunity to have their say on the firms’ visions before a final decision is taken by Perth and Kinross.

It is anticipated that the winning architects will be confirmed by the end of the year with construction work then starting in 2019.

The building would then reopen in 2021 to coincide, the council hopes, with Perth being UK City of Culture bid.

The designers hoping to undertake the project, alphabetical order:

– Austin Smith Lord
– Hoskins Architects
– Mecanoo
– Richard Murphy Architects

Perth City Hall Building

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

Background on this building, the subject of a drawn-out controversial debate:

Perth City Hall Building

Perth City Hall Shortlisted Architects

Richard Murphy
Hoskins Architects
Austin Smith Lord

Perth City Hall Building

Renaissance, ashlar, tall single storey and basement, with hall clerestory set back above; symmetrical frontages, centre section of W front recessed, with 3-bay coupled column Roman Ionic portico, 3 arched doorways within 1-window side bays, with broken pediments and side scrolls: raised quoins, modillioned eaves cornice, blocking course: large scale sculptures above. 5 arched windows with triple keystones and aprons on E front: 5 windows with broken pediments and aprons between channelled end bays with ionic columns and lunette attics on north and south fronts: galleried rectangular hall with 5 bays of lunettes and arched ceiling. (Historic Scotland)

Building Dates: 1909-1914
Architects: H E Clifford and Lunan (Glasgow)

source: – page now archived.
– Buildings at Risk website

Town Hall Building Designs

Location: Perth City Hall, Scotland

Perth Theatre Buildings

Perth Theatre Building
Design: Richard Murphy Architects
Perth Theatre Building
This project aims to renew and enhance the existing Edwardian Theatre in the centre of Perth and was won in competition in September 2008.

Scottish Architecture Design – chronological list

Scottish Building News

Scottish Theatres

Eden Theatre Extension, Inverness
Design: Page Park Architects
Eden Theatre Building

Mull Theatre, Tobermory, West Scotland
Design: CiAO Architects
Mull Theatre Building

Theatre Royal Dumfries

Scottish Architecture

Scottish Architect

Theatre Buildings

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