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NEW PROJECTS: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s £12m refurbishment

Delegates at AuditoriumsMeet 2012 will be given an exclusive insight into the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s £12million redevelopment plans, with Emma King, Capital Development Director, the final addition to the international conference programme for Edinburgh.

Set to be completed in 2015, the refurbishment programme will reflect and complement the heritage and history of the iconic Liverpool Philharmonic Hall; the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues.

The development will see the Grade II* listed venue (pictured) evolve to meet contemporary standards and expectations, ensuring that the experience of audiences, musicians, participants and visitors throughout their time in the building matches the excellence of artistic performance presented there.

The project is currently at the outline design stage. The plans for the building include carefully and sympathetically inserting contemporary facilities into the listed auditorium and foyer areas coupled with a more radical forward looking approach to the rear of the site.

And, at AuditoriumsMeet 2012, delegates will be given an expert overview of the project, as Emma King presents the plans within the ‘Drawing Board’ session on day two of the Meet programme.

“I am delighted to be joining the programme for Edinburgh,” comments Emma. “Renovating a much loved and special venue like the Liverpool Philharmonic is no easy task and we welcome the opportunity to share our evolving plans with the assembled expertise of AuditoriumsMeet 2012 later this month.”

Bringing together executives from the world’s concert halls, arenas, theatres, festivals and performance spaces, AuditoriumsMeet 2012 is the essential industry meeting for venue owners, operators and developers.

Image credit: Ioana Marinescu / Liverpool Philharmonic




Emma King qualified as an architect in 1995. During her time in practice, she worked in both the public and private sectors including ten years with innovative architect-led developer Urban Splash. During this time, she lectured widely and taught architecture in various UK universities as both a studio tutor and visiting critic.

In 2001, Emma took up a position with Arts Council England where she worked firstly as the Senior Architect, then Director of Property and finally Director of Property, Procurement and Legal services. In over a decade with the main funding arts funding body in England, Emma was responsible for working with numerous arts Lottery projects to ensure quality of design, construction and delivery before moving on to manage the Arts Council’s own estate and ultimately running an organisation wide corporate services team. Here she began a new career as a professional client, commissioning projects to house the staff of the organisation in award winning environments as well as re-housing the Arts Council Collection and acting on behalf of ACE as the landlord for the South Bank Centre and the Royal National Theatre.

In 2012, Emma joined Royal Liverpool Philharmonic as their Capital Development Director. She has been responsible for their refurbishment project from its inception, generating the client brief, balancing the needs of complex internal and external stakeholders and recruiting the design team. The £12M refurbishment project will complete in 2015.