Scottish Usher Hall Extension to Open

24 February 2010 (Last Updated February 24th, 2010 18:30)

The revamped main concert hall at Usher Hall will be opened to the public in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, this week. Designed by LDN Architects, the £39m project involves revamping and enlarging the Grade A-listed hall, which took ten years to complete owing to scarcity of funds, setbacks a

The revamped main concert hall at Usher Hall will be opened to the public in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, this week.

Designed by LDN Architects, the £39m project involves revamping and enlarging the Grade A-listed hall, which took ten years to complete owing to scarcity of funds, setbacks and the Edinburgh Festival.

The project has run over budget three times since work first began in 1996 after part of the auditorium ceiling collapsed during a concert.

Edinburgh City Council spent £9.75m on the first phase of refurbishment of the main auditorium, which was completed in 2000, according to bdonline.co.uk.

The council took six years to secure the funds for the second phase of work, which involved a three-storey glass extension incorporating education and hospitality areas, a new cafe and a new box office.

The second phase was delayed due to rock formations discovered below the site, which caused the project to go over budget by £5m.

The £3.95m final phase involves public realm works, and is expected to be complete by July 2010.

The Beaux Arts concert hall was originally built in 1914 and is the main venue for the Edinburgh Festival.