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Designs on show for brand new concert hall

DESIGNS were unveiled yesterday for a new “world class concert hall” on the site of what is now a London roundabout.

The Centre For Music, which will have a road running underneath it, will be built if its backers can secure around £288 million of funds from commercial backers and philanthropists.

Famed conductor and London Symphony Orchestra music director Sir Simon Rattle is behind the plans.

The Corporation of London is providing almost £2.5 million to fund a business case for the centre, which will provide a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra.

If it gets built, it is hoped that the “world class concert hall” will have the same impact on music in the capital as the opening of the Tate Modern had on contemporary art.

The building features a 2,000 seat “floating” concert hall, restaurants and public space.

Organisers say that they are “working with a number of major potential donors.”

The venue, planned for a site which includes a roundabout and is currently held by the Museum of London, would be run by the Barbican arts centre.

The Museum of London is moving to the West Smithfield area of the capital.

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