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Seven designs unveiled for Ross Bandstand

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The entry from William Matthews Associates and Sou Fujimoto Architects

Seven proposals from the teams bidding to design a £25 million landmark concert arena in Edinburgh have been unveiled.

The projects are for the Ross Pavilion and West Princes Street Gardens.

The Ross Development Trust in collaboration with the City of Edinburgh Council today revealed the concept designs.

The shortlist was chosen from the 125 teams (made up of 400 individual firms) which entered the competition.

The seven shortlisted architect firms are Adjaye Associates, Bjarke Ingels Group, Flanagan Lawrence, Page Park Architects, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, wHY and William Matthews Associate Architects.

Norman Springford, chairman of the Ross Development Trust and competition jury chairman, said: “The revival of this, one of Edinburgh’s best and most prominent sites, is a hugely exciting prospect and we now have seven fascinating design concepts from some of the world’s most in-demand creative minds.

“These design concepts help us visualise how the new Ross Pavilion could both complement and act as a counterpoise to the Gardens and the Castle. The concepts will now be assessed in detail, the public will get their chance to comment, and then the jury will interview the teams and review and debate each submission in turn.”

Competition director Malcolm Reading added: “Such was the appeal of the project that the competition brought the global design community to Edinburgh. Each of the finalists knows winning would be both a privilege and a career-defining moment. While the seven Pavilions show different approaches, the competing teams are connected by a shared love of materials, form and placemaking.

“Of course, these are concepts, and not final designs – the winning team will work closely to develop their ideas with the City Council and the Ross Development Trust.”

The public is being invited to share its views on the project via a survey at the exhibition or by emailing the competition organisers, Malcolm Reading Consultants, at

The jury, which includes Alexander McCall Smith CBE, FRSE, Sir Mark Jones FSA, FRSE along with Andrew Kerr, CEO, City of Edinburgh Council and Adam Wilkinson, director of Edinburgh World Heritage, will meet to interview the teams and the winner announcement is expected in early August.

Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

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