Shrunken Dunard Centre set for 2022 start
August 12 2021
Impact Scotland are to submit a variation to their planning application for a purpose-built concert hall in the heart of Edinburgh later this week.
Changes brought about by concerns over scale saw architect Sir David Chipperfield, in collaboration with Reiach & Hall, instructed to downsize the £75m Dunard Centre to appease the owners of the St James Centre. Retaining a neoclassical air the design will serve as the missing link in re-establishing St Andrew Square, Register Lanes and the St James Quarter as a cohesive chunk of the city.
Chipperfield commented: “Tucked behind Dundas House and on axis with George Street, the Dunard Centre occupies a strategic site linking the formal qualities of St. Andrew Square and the New Town with the more intimate atmosphere of lanes around Register House towards the new St. James Quarter.
"The identity of the building is determined by its circular form, contributing to the silhouette of the city and enclosing a 1,000-seat hall. This flexible world-class facility is designed to adapt to a wide-ranging programme of performances and cultural activities, ensuring it will serve as a meaningful new addition to the life and fabric of Edinburgh.”
While massing has been reduced the auditorium capacity remains constant at 1,000, while maintaining education, conferencing and hospitality operations.
Subject to planning consent construction could finally get underway in 2022 and be complete by 2025.
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