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£45m project moves closer

Six architects shortlisted for concert venue

RBS St Andrew Sq
Building would sit behind RBS HQ (photo by Terry Murden)

Six architect-led teams are on the shortlist to design a £45 million concert venue in the heart of Edinburgh.

The plans by Impact Scotland for a 1,000 seat auditorium with rehearsal studios and recording space were unveiled last year and would provide a home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

A site behind Dundas House, the RBS headquarters in St Andrew Square, has been identified.

There were 69 expressions of interest were received when the competition was announced.

The six teams to be taken forward are:

  • Adjaye Associates (London) with Sandy Brown, Buro Happold and DHA Designs
  • Allies & Morrison (London) with Charcoalblue, Speirs & Major, Harrison Stevens and Buro Happold
  • Barozzi Veiga (Switzerland) with Alan Baxter, Max Fordham, KahleAcoustics, 3DReid and Ian White Associates
  • David Chipperfield Architects (London) with Arup, Whitby Mohajer Engineers, GROSS MAX and Theatre Projects
  • KPMB Architects (Toronto) with Simpson & Brown Architects, David Narro Associates, Arup, Sound Space Vision, rankinfraser landscape architecture and Transsolar Energietechnik
  • Richard Murphy Architects (Edinburgh) with Arup, Graven Images, GROSS MAX and Montagu Evans

Sir Ewan Brown, chairman of the judging panel, said: “We have an extremely strong shortlist to choose from.

“The submissions we received show this project will transform the resource available to Edinburgh’s Festivals and provide new opportunities for music groups across Scotland by building for greater inclusivity and access.”

A decision on the winning team is expected to be taken in early April.

The complex is intended to complement, rather than compete with, the city-owned and operated Usher Hall to provide Edinburgh with additional capacity.

Money has already been committed by the arts-focused Dunard Fund, which will purchase an adjacent office building in St Andrew Square.

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