Scottish Chamber Orchestra detail plans for new Edinburgh home
November 17 2016
Housing education space and conference facilities the venue would offer a range of rehearsal, recital and recording facilities on land behind the A-listed Dundas House, former headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which will continue to operate as a standalone branch.
Malcolm Buchanan, RBS Scotland board chairman, said: “We have been a part of the fabric of Scottish life for nearly 300 years and this latest venture is a fantastic opportunity for the Royal Bank of Scotland to play a major role in supporting the arts and education in Scotland. While we will be retaining our historic branch at 36 St Andrew Square we will be assisting in the build by making available the land around the building and 35 St Andrew Square to help make this project a reality.”
Made possible by a ‘substantial gift’ from the Dunard Fund the arts hub would be complemented by a new restaurant, café and bar. Impact Scotland will oversee construction and management of the complex and will invite expressions of interest from architect-led design teams early in the New Year.
35 St Andrew Square will be repurposed as staff accommodation for Impact Scotland, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and other arts bodies.
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