The £20 million plan to transform Perth City Hall into an arts venue has been welcomed by Scottish Conservative politicians Liz Smith and Murdo Fraser.
Ms Smith and Mr Fraser, who both represent the Mid Scotland and Fife region, said they are delighted that Perth and Kinross Council have officially approved the ambitious proposal submitted by Dutch firm Mecanoo.
The Scottish Conservative politicians feel the move will provide a massive economic boost to Perth, and could lead to the city enjoying a substantial increase in visitor numbers, possibly akin to the impact of the V & A on neighbouring Dundee.
On Wednesday, Ms Smith said: “This is a fantastic announcement and it’s such a relief to know that the City Hall will be used as an arts venue after lying empty since 2005.
“It’s bound to provide a big economic boost to Perth with an estimated 160,000 visitors expected to come to the city to see the transformed City Hall. And the move is understood to create around 200 jobs.
“It could see people being drawn to Perth in the same way that the V & A has done to Dundee.”
She continued: “Perth City Hall is a landmark building and it was sad to see it not being used for all this time. However, the artist’s impressions of what the transformed Perth City Hall will look like are stunning and it is a project that brings optimism to the city.”
And Mr Fraser added: “The announcement that the plan to transform Perth City Hall has been rubber stamped by the council is great news for the city. The UK Government must be praised for providing part of the funding for the £20m project as part of the Tay Cities Deal.
“Perth will receive a huge economic boost as a result of this move. It will the icing on the cake if the council can secure the historic Stone of Destiny as a centrepiece of the City Hall transformation.”
The B-listed City Hall was built in 1911.