Mecanoo recommended to bring forward Perth City Hall transformation
August 10 2017
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 also includes BB Heritage Studio, Arup, Aecom, BDP, Cushman & Wakefield and GWP.
The accessible design has been inspired by the desire for transparency, permeability and interactivity
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