The government has announced its support for a major refurbishment project at the National Concert Hall.
It will be the largest refurbishment project ever at a national cultural institution and will involve the restoration of the historic building at Dublin’s Earlsfort Terrace site.
Crucially, it will expand the existing auditorium’s stage and seating capacity while providing much-needed universal access.
The ambitious plans call for large swathes of the site – many featuring pre-state buildings – to be restored and repurposed to provide new lecture and rehearsal spaces, new and restored public spaces, and a new center for learning and participation, alongside other supplements.
Referring to the announcement, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the project will enable the National Concert Hall to fulfill its purpose as a “music habitat, for lifelong enjoyment, connection and participation in music for all of our people.”
“The landmark buildings that house our national cultural institutions need our support and, more importantly, our investments to ensure they are sustainable, future-proof and meet the evolving needs of the communities they serve” , he said.
The project is being carried out by a partnership between the National Concert Hall and the Office of Public Works.
This is a flagship project in Secretary of Arts and Culture Catherine Martin’s investment program under the National Development Plan.
Ms Martin said the project would restore this “unique historic building that is iconic in its own right”.
“Additionally, the National Concert Hall will become a center for music and performance that is second to none.”
National Concert Hall Chairwoman Maura McGrath said this investment will “inspire a new generation of music lovers.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/national-concert-hall-plans-major-restoration-and-redevelopment-project-of-historic-building-42206634.html The National Concert Hall is planning a major restoration and refurbishment project of a historic building