The B-listed Perth City Hall, which was built in 1911, has lain empty for more than 10 years and had been threatened with demolition. However, it was saved after those plans were blocked by Historic Scotland.
It is now hoped the building will help boost Perth’s visitor attractions, with plans to transform it into a venue for the visual arts. The council said the hall would become a major new venue, displaying museum and art collections alongside iconic loans from elsewhere and touring exhibitions from the UK and abroad.
It will also provide community and learning spaces.
Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has suggested that the Stone of Destiny, currently kept in Edinburgh Castle, should be the centrepiece of the revamped hall. The future of the building has sparked a long-running saga.
Proposals from five shortlisted architects have now been unveiled at an exhibition at Perth Civic Hall.
The exhibition will feature the initial concept ideas submitted by the firms – Austin-Smith: Lord and MVRDV; Hoskins Architects; LDN; Mecanoo; and Richard Murphy Architects. Once the winning architect has been selected, work will begin on the detailed design for the project.
The final decision on the design will be made in the summer, with construction expected to begin in 2019.