Perth & Kinross Council received a number of bids last week for the redevelopment of Perth City Hall, which has been vacant since 2005.

Five proposals have been put forwards to the local authority in the latest development of the now almost ten year remarketing of the building.

The plans will now be assessed and evaluated by independent commercial property expert Jones Lang Lasalle, who has been instructed by the council to establish whether any, or all, of the bids are compliant, setting out a credible and financially deliverable business plan in order to undertake the redevelopment of the City Hall.

After the hall became vacant nearly ten years ago a mixed use retail development was proposed in 2006, but it failed three years later due to the inability of the developer to secure funds.

A year after then, in 2010, the council decided to demolish the hall and build a public square in its place following an independent economic assessment. A survey was carried out which showed that 57 per cent of the public, 69 per cent of businesses and 58 per cent of market and event organisers supported the creation of the civic space.

However, these proposals were turned down by Historic Scotland due to the City Hall’s listed building status.

The local authority was required to demonstrate more evidence showing that there was no viable use for the building.

Two years ago, only one bid was received for the City Hall, but following by an independent assessment the council decided that “it would have been highly irresponsible to accept this bid”.

The City Hall was built over 100 years ago in 1911 and was the centre of community life until the Concert Hall was opened in 2005, the same year the City Hall became vacant.

Perth & Kinross Council received a number of bids last week for the redevelopment of Perth City Hall, which has been vacant since 2005.

Five proposals have been put forwards to the local authority in the latest development of the now almost ten year remarketing of the building.

The plans will now be assessed and evaluated by independent commercial property expert Jones Lang Lasalle, who has been instructed by the council to establish whether any, or all, of the bids are compliant, setting out a credible and financially deliverable business plan in order to undertake the redevelopment of the City Hall.

After the hall became vacant nearly ten years ago a mixed use retail development was proposed in 2006, but it failed three years later due to the inability of the developer to secure funds.

A year after then, in 2010, the council decided to demolish the hall and build a public square in its place following an independent economic assessment. A survey was carried out which showed that 57 per cent of the public, 69 per cent of businesses and 58 per cent of market and event organisers supported the creation of the civic space.

However, these proposals were turned down by Historic Scotland due to the City Hall’s listed building status.

The local authority was required to demonstrate more evidence showing that there was no viable use for the building.

Two years ago, only one bid was received for the City Hall, but following by an independent assessment the council decided that “it would have been highly irresponsible to accept this bid”.

The City Hall was built over 100 years ago in 1911 and was the centre of community life until the Concert Hall was opened in 2005, the same year the City Hall became vacant.