Flanagan Lawrence Architects’ competition-winning scheme for a new music centre at the University of St Andrews has been unveiled
The London practice defeated Zaha Hadid Architects, Dundee-based Nicoll Russell Studios, Richard Murphy Architects from Edinburgh and Page\Park of Glasgow to win the prestigious commission last summer.
The project will create a new home for the university’s music centre which is currently based inside the iconic 1828 Younger Hall on North Street.
Jason Flanagan, creative director at Flanagan Lawrence said: ‘St Andrews is Scotland’s first university with a long tradition of academic excellence. Our aspiration for the music centre is to create a suite of spaces which will each be acoustically excellent for their purpose to create a focal point for the community’s musical activities.
‘The quality of the acoustic in these spaces will allow the musical excellence of rehearsals and performances to flourish for students, teachers, performers and audiences alike.’
Proposals for the historic Queen’s Terrace site were required to demonstrate ‘flair and innovation’ and reflect surrounding heritage assets which include the 1868 St Regulus Hall student residence, the Bute Building former medical school, and nearby St Mary’s Quadrangle.
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.
Events and groups supported by the university include the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, St Andrews Voices festival, Byre Opera, and St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra, run in collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the University’s Orchestra in Residence.
Planned to complete in 2018, the new flexible facility will replace temporary buildings and a car park on Queens Terrace.