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Caruso St John submits Liverpool Philharmonic plans

Caruso St John has today (28 March) lodged plans for its £12 million overhaul of Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall

The practice won the contest to refurbish the 1939, grade II*-listed home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic last June (see below) and subsequently succeeded in securing £634,000 of seed funding from the Arts Council England.

As well as improving the existing building’s foyer, box office, bars, toilets and lift access, the scheme includes ‘rebuilding and improving’ the stage and choir performance areas in the auditorium, a new warm-up space and an additional, smaller auditorium.

The Arts Council will make a decision on Liverpool Philharmonic’s Stage Two application to its capital grants programme in June.

Liverpool City Council has already agreed a capital contribution of £2 million, dependant on the Arts Council bid.

Subject to planning approval, construction could start in spring 2014 with the venue re-opening in October 2014.   

Previous story (AJ 15.06.2012)

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.   

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Source: Liverpool Philharmonic Society

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

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.

Readers' comments (1)

  • No mention is made about the electrical installation. Surely such work would need an update of the electrical load and possible rewiring of key applications. Fire safety should be high on the agenda.

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