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Caruso St John scoops Liverpool Philharmonic contest

Caruso St John has seen off an impressive shortlist of theatre specialists to land the £10 million overhaul of Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall

The practice beat Witherford Watson Mann, Bennetts Associates, Allies & Morrison and John McAslan + Partners to win the competition, run through the OJEU process, for the refurbishment of the 1939 Grade II*-listed landmark.

The appointment follows Liverpool Philharmonic’s successful application to Arts Council England (ACE) earlier this year for seed funding of £634,000.

A further major application to ACE will be amde later this year, and the organisation will belooknig for extra cash from private and public sources.Originally scheduled to complete in 2014, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall now hopes to re-open its doors in 2015.

Project aims:

  • Improving the experience for audiences, participants and visitors in the auditorium and front of house areas.
  • Improving the backstage areas and concert platform.
  • Increasing the hall’s sustainability, including the ability to reduce power consumption across the building’s utilities.   

Previous story (AJ 31.05.2012)

Liverpool Philharmonic choses five finalists in overhaul contest

Witherford Watson Mann, Bennetts Associates and Caruso St John are believed to be among the shortlisted architect-led teams vying for the prized Liverpool Philharmonic Hall project

The practices are understood to be battling against Allies & Morrison and John McAslan + Partners in the competition, run through the OJEU process, for the £7 million refurbishment of the Grade II*-listed landmark.

Initially scheduled to complete in 2014, the project will include redesigning the stage which can allow shorter changeovers and more varied performances.

The hall’s lighting and cooling systems will also be improved ‘through sustainable techniques’ to reduce energy consumption.

Last refurbished in 1995, the art deco building was designed by architect Herbert J Rowse and opened in 1939.

The Arts Council has already pledged £634,000 towards the scheme.

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