BDP was chosen from a shortlist of five architectural practices by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) to develop design proposals for Category A-listed building, Aberdeen Music Hall.
The project will make this much loved concert hall more flexible, accessible, attractive and sustainable, providing greater audience comfort and improved facilities for performers. The revitalised Music Hall will play an important role in Aberdeen’s vision to be a vibrant, creative and ambitious city with a strong cultural identity, a centre of artistic excellence and a cultural tourism destination.
BDP was selected for its track record in multi-award winning arts projects such as the transformation of the A-listed Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow and the acclaimed Perth Concert Hall.
APA Board chairman Graeme Roberts stated that they ?were impressed by the approach presented by the BDP team which blended the restoration and conservation of the historic fabric of the building with innovative design-led solutions to improving the customer experience. With the support of Aberdeen City Council, we felt that an architectural design competition would attract some innovative and original ideas for making the most of this iconic Aberdeen landmark.”
BDP Architect Director Bruce Kennedy said: “The transformation of this wonderful ‘sleeping beauty’ of a building into a truly great and popular cultural, civic and community asset, must be a key element in supporting city centre regeneration and APA’s vision for the future.”
Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam added: “I am certain that an architectural practice with such an impressive track record will come up with innovative ideas to breathe new life into one of Union Street’s most impressive buildings.??
Work will begin straight away to develop designs for the Music Hall with a view to launching a fundraising campaign and submitting an application to Creative Scotland’s capital investment programme.