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Plans unveiled for Glasgow concert hall

Plans unveiled for Glasgow concert hall
Bids to takeover the renovation of a concert hall in Glasgow are being invited as plans for the new centre were unveiled.

The £14 million project will see a major refurbishment of the current Glasgow Royal Concert Hall so it can be home to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). The organisation is currently based in Scotland's second city but wants to move into the centre after the development has been completed.

Plans involve creating a world-class rehearsal space and learning centre for the RSNO to hold performances and also to teach the next generation of talented musicians.

It follows the scrapping of a multi-purpose home for the organisation when the total cost of the project was estimated at £30 million. However, this cut-price development is seen to be far more favourable and would be able to promote Glasgow as a major venue for contemporary arts.

Planning permission is still to be given to the proposals but the RSNO is encouraging buildings firms and developers to come forward to make the plans come to fruition.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "The new development will enhance facilities for audiences, performers, schools, music and community groups, as well as providing a much-needed new home for the RSNO.

"It will also be a showcase for Scotland's world-renowned culture and creativity during the Commonwealth Games and the second Year of Homecoming, and contribute to the continuing vibrancy of Glasgow’s cultural life for years to come."

The project has been set following a £7 million grant from the Scottish government to the organisation as well as a further £5 million being donated by Glasgow City Council for a centre of excellence. The remaining £2 million of the development will be generated by the RSNO and once completed it is designed to provide a host of benefits for the people of Scotland.

Among the plans are details for a 600-seater auditorium, scope for recording and broadcasting facilities, a learning centre as well as offices and a redeveloped north entrance. Subject to approval, work will get underway later in the year with an estimated completion date of summer 2014 to coincide with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games.

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Date: 06/07/2012 16:48:18

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