Perth & Kinross Council prepares to welcome the world to the new City Hall attraction

Perth & Kinross Council has released exclusive visuals showing what the Perth City Hall interior could look like when it opens to the public.

The images reveal a fresh, clean look, maintaining the distinctive curved roof and period features which so many people remember from concerts and events at City Hall. A striking new vennel entrance, linked to the surrounding medieval vennels of Perth, will entice people into the building. The exhibitions will tell the dramatic story of Perth's Ancient Roots: Scotland's first capital city with every Scottish monarch crowned at nearby Scone. A central Pavilion will house the story of the Stone of Destiny: how it was quarried from Perthshire sandstone and why it is now Scotland's most iconic cultural object.

The City Hall project is of international significance and is being funded by the UK Government as part of its £150 million investment in the Tay Cities Region* Deal. Together with the world-class Perth Concert Hall, the newly restored and expanded Perth Theatre, and planned investment in Perth Museum and Art Gallery and the AK Bell Library, Perth will have five major cultural venues to attract visitors from across Scotland and beyond and to grow the local economy.

On 17 April the Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee will consider proposals to create a new delivery body for this major portfolio of cultural venues by bringing together existing organisations, Horsecross Arts and Culture Perth and Kinross. The Council has a duty to make sure the operation of all five venues is seamless and guarantees best value for the public purse. A recent review of both Horsecross and Culture Perth and Kinross showed real opportunities for stronger joint working on cultural programmes and events and wider services for audiences.

More work is needed to quantify the benefits of creating a new delivery body which is fit and ready to take on the running of the spectacular City Hall when it opens in late 2021. Officers will report back to the Committee in 12 months' time. Alongside support is being provided to Horsecross Arts from the Council, Culture Perth and Kinross and Live Active Leisure to identify how the operation of the Concert Hall and Theatre can be enhanced over the next 12 months.

Councillor Murray Lyle, Leader of the Council, said: "It is very exciting to see the next stage of the City Hall project beginning, bringing a historic building back into use. The new attraction will be a fitting home for the story of how Perth was a medieval powerhouse, shaping ancient and modern Scotland and our superb museum collections. We also of course hope it will offer a home to the Stone of Destiny which is so intrinsic to our story. I look forward to welcoming the world to our perfect place and space."

Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: "I am thrilled to see these ambitious designs for Perth City Hall. Perth is a real cultural hotspot and I am pleased that the UK Government is supporting the city's transformation as part of its £150 million investment in the Tay Cities Region Deal.

"The UK Government is committed to creating opportunities, jobs and long-term growth right across Scotland, and so far has committed more than £1.35 billion in City and Growth Deals to help achieve this."

Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: "I am delighted to see this important project progressing, which builds on significant earlier investment in Perth's key assets. Redevelopment of the City Hall will be complemented and enhanced by the Scottish Government's £37 million investment in a Tay Cities Regional Culture and Tourism Investment Programme, which will further strengthen the region's compelling offer to local, national, and international visitors."

*The Tay Cities Region comprises the local authority areas of Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and the North East part of Fife. The region has a strong economic base and regional identity with world class universities and many cutting-edge businesses. It is home to almost 500,000 people and more than 15,000 businesses.

The Tay Cities Deal is a partnership between local, Scottish and UK governments and the private, academic and voluntary sectors which seeks to create a smarter and fairer Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross under the headings Inclusive Tay; Innovative, International Tay; Connected Tay and An Empowered Tay.

In total the 25 projects submitted require investment of £700 million of which £300 million over 10 to 15 years is being put in by the Scottish and UK governments and their agencies, subject to final approval of robust business cases.

If every project and programme set out in the submission is funded and delivered, up to 6,000 job opportunities could be created across tourism, food and drink, creative industries, eco innovation, digital, decommissioning, engineering, biomedical and health and care. Visit www.taycities.co.uk for more information.