Cash injection for Music Hall development plans

Inside the Music Hall
Inside the Music Hall

Plans to rejuvenate Aberdeen’s Music Hall have been approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund with the award of a £700,000 boost.

The company secured the stage 1 pass application from the Heritage Lottery Fund with £700,000 earmarked pending the next stage of the application.

Aberdeen Performing Arts chief executive Jane Spiers said: “We are delighted by this vote of confidence from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“It takes us a step nearer our goal to regenerate and breathe new life into the Music Hall ensuring its place at the heart of civic and cultural life for generations to come.”

The company looking after the venue, as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree - Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) – have now secured pledges coming to £4.5m for the £7m project.

This includes funding from Creative Scotland, Aberdeen City Council and APA’s own restoration fund – money raised by the general public through ticket sales.

Funds will be used to refurbish and conserve the hall in a bid to improve access and movement around the building for visitors.

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, Colin McLean, added: “We are delighted to add our support to a project which will enable this national treasure to sparkle once again while inspiring and involving people of all ages as they explore it fascinating history.”

Other developments include plans to create a new studio space and creative learning space, restoring and renovating the auditorium, improving artists’ accommodation, making a new box office.

The 155-year-old, category A listed building last received significant funding back in the early 80s.

Over the years, hosting over 5000 events and concerts with over four million visitors has taken its toll on the iconic building.

Award-winning architects Building Design Partnership (BDP) have been selected by APA to draw up plans to transform the building into a community asset.