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Take three: Richard Murphy submits reworked Perth theatre plans

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Edinburgh-based Richard Murphy Architects has re-submitted plans to overhaul Perth’s Grade B-listed theatre

The latest designs are the third version of the proposed revamp of the 1900 landmark, having been reduced in cost from the previously approved scheme from 2013.

The practice lodged its first iteration of its proposals five years ago (see Richard Murphy reveals Perth theatre overhaul plans 14 July 2010).

The modified plans reduce the floor area of the new building and increase the area of the existing theatre that is retained or remodelled.

According to Richard Murphy’s design statement: ’This has resulted in a small reduction in number, or area, of some of the spaces being created. The front of the building and position of the studio theatre have been pulled back slightly from Mill Street.

‘There have been adjustments to this new façade and associated external public spaces but we do not feel this will reduce their impact on the street. There is no change to the intentions for or scope of work related to the existing listed theatre and other retained spaces.’

The £16.5million project aims to enhance the current Edwardian auditorium, in the town centre. The theatre is category B listed and the history of theatre dates back to 1589.

The scheme will create a new triple-height foyer to the east of the building replacing a number of recent additions. This will link all of the existing and new facilities, including the bar, restaurant, box office and other social facilities.


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