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Design contest launched for £45m Scottish Chamber Orchestra venue

St Andrews Square, Edinburgh
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Colander Associates has launched a competition to design a £45 million home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh

The two-stage contest will select an architect to conceive and deliver a 1,000-capacity concert hall for the orchestra just off St Andrew Square in Edinburgh New Town.

Backed by The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT Scotland), the project will create a permanent main venue for the orchestra and for the Edinburgh International Festival, which is held across several local concert halls every summer.

According to the competition announcement: ‘The new building must also be robust enough to adapt to and serve the many and assorted performers at the Edinburgh International Festival, and attract visiting performing arts groups from a very broad range of musical and other genres, both local and international.

‘This is a very special project that needs an exceptional team both to design it and deliver it. The client is keen to consider emerging designers as well as those that are more established and experienced, and for this reason, submissions are invited from teams that recognise the importance of nurturing and delivering exceptional creativity.’

The new performance hall, planned to complete in 2020, will be constructed on a gap site behind the historic head office of the Royal Bank of Scotland (pictured), according to the Scotsman.

Five shortlisted teams will receive £10,000 each to draw up tenders and attend interviews following an initial, open expression of interest round.

The deadline for applications is noon, 13 January.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Email: impactscotland@colander.co.uk

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