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Competition: Younger Hall, St Andrews

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The University of St Andrews is on the hunt for an architect for a £7.5 million overhaul of its iconic Younger Hall

The winning design team will draw up plans for a major refurbishment of the iconic Paul Waterhouse-designed Category B-listed landmark on North Street.

The project, planned to complete in 2020, will upgrade the 1,000-capacity concert hall which is also currently home to the university’s music centre. The faculty will relocated to a new competition-winning home by Flanagan Lawrence Architects on nearby Queen’s Terrace next year.

According to the brief: ‘To facilitate the development of the Younger Hall the University of St Andrews require to form a design team. This team will be required to work with key users, departments and the university community to progress a refurbishment design that will capture both the university’s current aspirations and some future requirements, all to realize the full potential of this key town centre property.

‘The consultant architect and lead designer shall be expected to provide advice and solutions on a diverse range of building usage incorporated into a project design fully coordinated with all other design disciplines.’

Designed by English architect Paul Waterhouse as the University of St Andrews’s graduation hall – the landmark 1828 building is today the city’s largest concert venue.

The university’s music centre currently occupies eleven practice and rehearsal spaces inside the Neoclassical and Art Deco complex but will relocate to a new base nearby in 2018.

Flanagan Lawrence defeated Zaha Hadid Architects, Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studios, Richard Murphy Architects from Edinburgh and Page\Park of Glasgow to win a contest for the new faculty last month.

Flanagan Lawrence’s winning scheme – located close to the medieval heart of the ancient Scottish university town – will deliver new performance, tuition, rehearsal and study spaces for St Andrew’s undergraduate music students. Planned to complete in 2018, the new flexible facility will replace temporary buildings and a car park on Queens Terrace.

The Younger Hall has hosted performances by many amateur and professional musicians including by the university’s orchestra in residence, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Bidders must have employers liability insurance of £2 million, public liability insurance worth £2 million and professional indemnity insurance cover of £2 milion.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 8 May.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Adrian Wood
University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School
Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB

Tel: +44 1334462523
Email: procurement@st-andrews.ac.uk





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