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New concert theatre plan at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
The plans could take two to three years to finalise

Bosses at Liverpool's famous Philharmonic Hall are planning to build a second concert theatre to take the venue "into the 21st Century".

They are currently looking to raise the £40m needed to erect the new building, on a car park that runs adjacent to the Hope Street art deco building.

The city council has been informed, but plans are at a "very early stage" a Philharmonic spokeswoman said.

The concert hall attracts millions of music lovers every year.

'Range of options'

Philharmonic chiefs are also considering leaving the building on Hope Street if a suitable new site became available.

"We want to take the Philharmonic into the 21st Century," a spokeswoman said.

"By doing this and enlarging our venue we will have many more options and be able to accommodate a larger range of musicians and artists.

"However, plans are in their beginning stage, we haven't put a planning application in and we are still considering a range of options.

"It may even take two to three years to put the plans in place, when building work will start," the Philharmonic Hall spokeswoman added.

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