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Page\Park reveals plans for Birmingham Symphony Hall

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Page\Park Architects has submitted plans for a revamp of Birmingham Symphony Hall.

The AJ100 practice lodged an application to refurbish and extend the existing foyers of the concert venue that fronts on to Centenary Square in England’s second city.

The 3,000-capacity Birmingham Symphony Hall was designed by the Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin in the late 1980s, and opened in 1991. According to its website, a pre-opening acoustic test demonstrated that if a pin was dropped on stage, the sound could be heard from anywhere in the hall.

A competition was launched last year to upgrade front-of-house areas and deliver a 750m² foyer expansion with a new dedicated entrance.

Charitable trust Performances Birmingham appointed Page\Park at the end of 2017 to lead a multidisciplinary team including Arup Structures and building services engineer Max Fordham.

Page\Park – which has offices in Glasgow and Leeds – said the transformed foyers would provide improved bar, catering and hospitality facilities as well as space for the delivery of the venue’s participation and learning programme.

Other key developments planned for the heart of Birmingham include a £500 million regeneration next to Centenary Square, known as Paradise Circus, featuring buildings by Eric Parry and Glenn Howells.

Mecanoo completed a £193 million library in Centenary Square five years ago while Graeme Massie Architects won planning for a competition-winning £8 million overhaul of the area in 2016.

Page\Park's plans for Birmingham Symphony Hall - model photo

Page\Park’s plans for Birmingham Symphony Hall - model photo

Page\Park’s plans for Birmingham Symphony Hall - model photo

 

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