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July 25 2018

University of St Andrews sing praises for £12.5m Music Centre

The University of St Andrews has marked the beginning of construction work at its £12.5m music centre on Queens Terrace, a purpose-built venue which will double as a performance and recording space.

The Laidlaw Music Centre will provide the institution with a new recording suite open to students wishing to pursue their passion for music in tandem with their studies while also enabling the university to host recitals.

Designs drawn up by Flanagan Lawrence call for the creation of three rehearsal rooms, ten practice rooms, recording suite and library together with a chamber recital hall.

The University’s Director of Music, Michael Downes, said: “The Younger hall, where our current facilities are located, was never intended to house a busy music centre which in a typical week hosts around 40 ensemble rehearsals and almost 300 individual lessons, in addition to hundreds of hours of private practice.

“The new building will provide facilities to match the talent and ambition we see shining bright in the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, Byre Opera, the University Chamber Orchestra, and St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra.”

Completion is expected by late 2019.

 Faced in stone cladding and curtain wall glazing the centre will connect Queens Terrace to St Mary’s Quadrangle by way of a new colonnade
Faced in stone cladding and curtain wall glazing the centre will connect Queens Terrace to St Mary’s Quadrangle by way of a new colonnade
The university is keen to establish a new cultural quarter around the town's east end
The university is keen to establish a new cultural quarter around the town's east end

1 Comment

mick
#1 Posted by mick on 25 Jul 2018 at 23:27 PM
clearly a further considered piece of architecture doing justice to the complex context of st andrews.

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