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London concert hall backers zero in on Museum of London site

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London’s proposed new ‘world-class concert venue’ looks increasingly likely to be heading for The Museum of London site

According to The Times, project insiders claim the plot on the edge of the Barbican has become frontrunner in the hunt by the London Symphony Orchestra for a suitable locations for its new home.

The orchestra is seeking a new showcase venue ‘within the City of London’ under music director Simon Rattle, and has been previously linked with the soon-to-be-vacant Museum of London site.

However, a spokesman for the London Symphony Orchestra would not be drawn on the reports, saying: ‘The feasibility study is still under way so it’s too early to say what the possible sites are.

‘The study is exploring a number of potential options for this project. Given the strong support of the City of London Corporation, it would ideally be within the Square Mile.’

The Museum of London has previously signalled its intention to move out of its Powell & Moya-designed home at the Barbican and into empty buildings at Smithfield Market.

The AJ has previously reported that John McAslan + Partners had been asked by the Museum of London to look at how the institution could be re-housed in the larger market buildings by 2021.

Meanwhile the Museum of London has applied for a certificate for immunity from listing for its current home - a move which the The Twentieth Century Society said it would not contest because the 1976 building had been altered so much (see AJ 27.03.15) .

Postscript

The Museum of London has confirmed it has already applied for a a certificate for immunity from listing for its current 1976 Powell & Moya-designed home.

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