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Aberdeen Music Hall Building

Major Renewal Project in Northeast Scotland design by BDP Architects

9 Sep 2016

Aberdeen Music Hall Renewal Works

Design: BDP

The opening of Aberdeen’s revamped Music Hall has been delayed until Autumn 2018.

Aberdeen Music Hall Building interior
image from architects practice

Aberdeen Music Hall Building Construction

The upgrade was scheduled to be finished in December 2017.

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) sealed a deal with contractors Kier Construction in July.

The £6.7 m Music Hall transformation began as planned in April 2016 with staff moving out and site preparation commencing.

Contractors will be on site at the end of September 2016 undertaking final survey work.

The 194-year-old building will be handed over to Kier Construction on the 10th of October 2016.

APA has raised about £5.2m towards the cost of the project, including £1.5m from Creative Scotland and £1m from Aberdeen City Council.

4 Apr 2013

Aberdeen Music Hall Building Redevelopment News

Aberdeen Music Hall Renewal News

Architects: BDP


BDP was chosen from a shortlist of five architectural practices by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) to develop design proposals for this Category A-listed building. Aberdeen Music Hall interior:

The project will make this much-loved concert hall more flexible, accessible, attractive and sustainable, providing greater audience comfort and improved facilities for performers.

The improved Music Hall will include a new-look auditorium, a 100-seat performance space and a new cafe and bar.

The revitalised Music Hall will play an important role in Aberdeen’s vision to be a vibrant, creative and ambitious city with a strong cultural identity, a centre of artistic excellence and a cultural tourism destination.

BDP was selected for its track record in multi-award-winning arts projects such as the transformation of the A-listed Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow and the acclaimed Perth Concert Hall.

APA Board chairman Graeme Roberts stated that they “were impressed by the approach presented by the BDP team which blended the restoration and conservation of the historic fabric of the building with innovative design-led solutions to improving the customer experience.

Aberdeen Music Hall Building – old photo:

Aberdeen Music Hall Building
image from architects

With the support of Aberdeen City Council, we felt that an architectural design competition would attract some innovative and original ideas for making the most of this iconic Aberdeen landmark.” he added. BDP Architect Director Bruce Kennedy said: “The transformation of this wonderful ‘sleeping beauty’ of a building into a truly great and popular cultural, civic and community asset, must be a key element in supporting city centre regeneration and APA’s vision for the future.” Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam added: “I am certain that an architectural practice with such an impressive track record will come up with innovative ideas to breathe new life into one of Union Street’s most impressive buildings.”

Aberdeen Music Hall – Opening day sketch:

Aberdeen Music Hall
image from architects

Work will begin straight away to develop designs for the Music Hall with a view to launching a fundraising campaign and submitting an application to Creative Scotland’s capital investment programme.

Aberdeen Music Hall Redevelopment information from BDP Architects

Aberdeen Music Hall renewal architects : BDP

Address: Aberdeen Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1QS, UK

Contact: phone 01224 641122

The building was designed by local architect Archibald Simpson and opened in 1822.

Location: Music Hall, Union Street, AB10 1QS, Scotland

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