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Competition: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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Performances Birmingham is looking for an architect to design an £8.9 million upgrade of visitor facilities at the city’s landmark Symphony Hall

The architect-led multidisciplinary team chosen for the £500,000 contract will upgrade front-of-house areas inside the 3,000-capacity venue  – designed by Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin – and deliver a 750m² foyer expansion with a new entrance directly on to nearby Centenary Square.

The project, planned to complete by 2020, aims to attract new audiences by remedying the ‘dowdy and unwelcoming’ interior of the 1991 venue, which currently shares an entrance with the neighbouring International Convention Centre.

According to the brief: ‘The extension of Symphony Hall into Centenary Square will create a new cultural quarter and a permeable frontage that will offer an accessible and welcoming performance space in which audiences can engage with music and culture.

‘By extending and diversifying our programme in this informal environment, we will be able to engage new and more diverse audiences through their musical heritage and cultural context, giving familiar pathways into experiencing our programme of work. We will also have dedicated education spaces for the first time, to enable us to take this initial engagement to the next stage.’

Birmingham is midway through a major overhaul of its central civic area. Key developments include a £500 million regeneration next to Centenary Square, known as Paradise Circus, featuring buildings by Eric Parry and Glenn Howells.

The area on Broad Street was renamed Centenary Square in 1989 to commemorate the granting of Birmingham’s city status in 1889. Landmarks include the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Grade II-listed Alpha Tower and Hall of Memory war memorial.

Mecanoo completed a £193 million library in the square four years ago while Graeme Massie Architects won planning for a competition-winning £8 million overhaul of the area last summer.

The latest project will refresh the symphony hall’s internal spaces and deliver a new 750m² foyer extension featuring additional bar and restaurant space. A new box office, kitchen, upper level performance space, flexible hospitality rooms, education rooms and toilets will also be delivered.

The deadline for applications is midday, 30 October.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Nick Loveland
Performances Birmingham
Symphony Hall
Broad Street
B1 2EA

Tel: +44 1216446390
Email: nick.loveland@thsh.co.uk


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