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New £14m home for RSNO at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

New RSNO building
Image caption The new facility will be joined to the east of the Royal Concert Hall

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has published details of plans to move to a £14m custom built centre at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

The site would have recording and broadcast facilities, a learning centre, office space and a new 600-seat auditorium with rehearsal space.

RSNO aims to raise £3m for the project - £1m of which will equip the centre.

The Scottish government and Glasgow City Council will contribute £7m and £5m respectively.

The RSNO currently operates from the Henry Wood Halls in Glasgow.

The new facility will be connected to the east of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, on Killermont Street, facing the city's Buchanan Street Bus Station.

If planning permission is given, work on the new building is expected to commence in the autumn.

The desired completion date would be in the summer of 2014 to coincide with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games.

RSNO chief executive Michael Elliott said: "This is one of the most significant developments in the history of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra - and we want everyone to play their part in its success.

'Major regeneration'

"By embarking on this venture...we will be able to deliver a rehearsal space, education facility and recital venue which will be the envy of many in the UK and beyond.

"The new home will enable Scotland's national orchestra to propel its performance and to engage and communicate with the citizens and communities of Scotland more effectively than ever."

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: "This project is part of the major regeneration work going on in Glasgow as a result of hosting the Commonwealth Games, which will create a lasting legacy for the people of Scotland beyond 2014.

"The new development will enhance facilities for audiences, performers, schools, music and community groups, as well as providing a much-needed new home for the RSNO."

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