Perth City Hall project timeline
Perth City Hall timeline
It was announced in December 2020 the Stone of Destiny will return to Perth as the centrepiece of a new £26.5 million museum at City Hall due to open in 2024.
The journey began in 2005 when Perth City Hall became vacant because its layout and access were no longer suitable for modern use but it was not until 2016 that plans to turn the Hall into a major cultural attraction were approved.
The key dates in the redevelopment of City Hall are below:
Construction work due to begin on the £26.5 million redevelopment of Perth City Hall in February.
Two days before Christmas is it announced The Stone of Destiny, one of Scotland's most iconic historical artefacts, will be returning home to Perth to become the centrepiece of the city's new museum at City Hall.
The decision to move the Stone from its current home at Edinburgh Castle was made by the Commissioners for the Safeguarding of the Regalia and was announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The story of The Stone of Destiny will be brought to life using cutting edge technology in a stunning, custom designed exhibition space. It will be free for all to see.
Planning permission for the development of Perth City Hall granted in January.
Public exhibitions and briefings were held on 17 May and 11 August.
The planning application was submitted on 23 November.
On 13 April 2017, Perth & Kinross Council announced the five shortlisted architectural firms in the competition to redesign the City Hall.
Between 12-24 June 2017, the shortlisted architects' initial design concepts went on public display, and comments were invited. View the public feedback.
On 16 August the Council approved Mecanoo as the recommended architect.
On 24 February 2016 Councillors were informed that the bidder had not fully met the pre-conditions and were asked to make a decision on the next steps. Following discussion Councillors agreed to suspend negotiations with PMP and instructed the Depute Chief Executive (Sustainability, Strategic & Entrepreneurial Development) to explore all options available to Council.
In early 2016 Councillors unanimously agreed to support the new Perth City Plan: Smart Growth for Perth City , including proposals to growth the city's visitor economy through a new cultural attraction. Officers were asked to investigate potential sites for this new attraction.
A report on the options available was brought back to Council on 22 June 2016 alongside a report on the developing Perth's cultural offering. After considering both of these reports Councillors agreed that to to formally end lease negotiations and to redevelop Perth City Hall as a cultural attraction.
As a result of the re-marketing five proposals were received for the redevelopment of Perth City Hall. These proposals were evaluated by independent commercial property expert, Jones Lang Lasalle, who concluded that three of the bids were non-compliant with the specific guidelines outlined as part of the marketing process.
The remaining two bids were brought forward for consideration and at a meeting in October 2015 Councillors agreed to select Perth Market Place Ltd (PMP) as the preferred bidder, and set 4 pre-conditions which must be met before the lease terms could be brought back to Council for agreement.
Planning and listed building applications were received relating to proposals for a hotel on the site of Perth City Hall. The Council's Development Management Committee approved these in May. Subsequently in June 2014 a meeting of full Council agreed to re-market Perth City Hall for long term lease for a further six month period.
After a 15 month period, only one bid was received. This was independently assessed by Commercial Property experts, Jones Laing Lasalle, and found to be "lacking in detail in relation to proposed commercial terms, business case and funding arrangements". In these circumstances, it would have been highly irresponsible for the Council to accept this bid.
Due to its listed building status, a consent to demolish the City Hall was required by Historic Scotland, which was turned down.
The Council had to remarket the building, following Historic Scotland's decision that more evidence was required to demonstrate that there was no viable use for it.
The Council gave planning consent for a Civic Square.
An independent economic assessment by Locum and Colliers of the current and foreseeable economic climate confirmed the demolition of City Hall and the creation of a civic square as the most beneficial option for the local economy.
A survey of public opinion attracted 2,502 responses. The results showed that 57% of the public, 69% of businesses and 58% of market and event organisers support the creation of a public space following full or partial demolition of City Hall.
The development failed due to the inability of the developer to secure funding, as the property market had changed and there was no longer a market for such a facility.
A plan for a mixed use retail development was given the go-ahead by the Council.
The Hall became vacant as it lacked the layout and facilities needed for modern use, including disabled access, media facilities, green room space for artists and sufficient breakout space that is now required for modern cultural and conference venues. A consultation and tender process took place.