The renovation of Perth’s City Hall into a major new museum has taken a significant step forward as the next phase of work begins.
One year after the decision was made to return the historic Stone of Destiny to Perth to become the centre piece of the new museum, the Pavilion which will house the Stone, one of Scotland and the UK’s most iconic objects, is taking shape.
The museum, which is currently on budget and on schedule to open in 2024, will tell the story of Scotland’s Ancient Roots and how the Scottish nation emerged from the people and lands surrounding modern-day Perth.
Perth City Hall, which will be managed in partnership between Perth and Kinross Council and Culture Perth and Kinross, is supported by £10 million from the UK Government as part of the Tay Cities Region Deal – a £700 million regional investment programme jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments and regional partners.
It is estimated it will bring tens of thousands more visitors to Perth and Kinross, with an annual GVA to the local area estimated at £2.5million.
The Perth City Hall project will create 19 jobs in City Hall with an additional 37 jobs in construction.
Councillor Murray Lyle, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The next phase of works taking place is particularly exciting as we will begin to see the museum start to take shape.
“It has been hard to picture what the final museum will look like but with the steelworks beginning to frame the interior and the pavilion for the Stone of Destiny getting erected; our vision for this wonderful building starts to become tangible.
“City Hall has been part of Perth’s story for more than 100 years but I can promise even those most familiar with the building will be amazed by the finished article.
“It won’t just be a museum the people of Perth and Kinross, it will be a museum everyone in Scotland can enjoy and be proud of.”
UK Government minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: “I was most impressed by the work on Perth City Hall when I visited in the summer. The project will bring jobs and investment to the area.
“The £10 million invested by the UK Government in the new museum will help create a truly memorable home for the Stone of Destiny and is part of the £1.7 billion we are delivering across Scotland to level up communities.”