Royal Festival Hall Renovation Delayed by Asbestos

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The reopening of London's Royal Festival Hall will be delayed due to structural problems and the discovery of asbestos in the venue, the London Evening Standard reports.

Concerts scheduled to celebrate the hall's reopening in spring 2007—including appearances by the Vienna Philharmonic, the Kirov Opera, and the Berlin Philharmonic—have been canceled, and the opening has been rescheduled for June 2007.

In addition, the Ô£91 million renovation, which was begun last month, is now running about Ô£20 million over the estimated budget. The hall is currently Ô£10 million short of its fundraising goal.

The project includes an acoustical update and renovation of the hall's backstage facilities.

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