London’s boost for Rattle Hall

The Centre for Music, which had a Treasury grant of £5.5m withdrawn when the government changed its mind and decided it was not value for money, has had a significant boost from the Corporation of London.

The corporation’s Court of Common Council has voted a grant of £2.5m to enable the planners of the hall, nicknamed “Rattle Hall” because it will be the home of the London Symphony Orchestra led by Sir Simon Rattle, to complete the detailed business case by December 2018. The eventual cost of the project is expected to be around £278m.

The proposal was the subject of a government-funded feasibility study which a year ago produced a positive report.

“This decision re-affirms our commitment to transform the area surrounding the Barbican into a world-leading cultural hub for the arts, heritage and learning” said Mark Boleat, the corporation’s policy chairman. “We have a long history as a leading investor in the arts and we recognise that culture - open and available to all - is what attracts people to visit, work and live in London and the UK.”

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