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Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studios has just completed the new Byre Theatre in St Andrews, with the £4 million project due to open to the public in June. The new building replaces a 1970s theatre which the practice describes as 'technically obsolete'. It lacked proper dressing rooms, had no restaurant and could seat just 170 people. The new, expanded theatre will be able to accommodate 220. The facade is built partly from stones rescued from the former theatre and an adjacent Victorian house which was demolished to make room for the larger building.The idea was to create an image of permanence, 'as if the walls had been there for a considerable time'.

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