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Sutherland Hussey bags £3m prize for arts centre in Edinburgh

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Sutherland Hussey has beaten stiff competition to win the £3 million ‘Arts Funding Prize’ for its Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW) expansion scheme

The prize will help pay for the practice’s Creative Laboratories project, a new international research and production facility at the workshop’s Newhaven site.

The obscured location is tucked away in old railway sidings and is in urgent need of renovation.

The design involves indoor and open-air workspaces situated around a central courtyard. Viewing areas and a café will open up the space to visitors, whilst a tower will announce the centre’s presence to the public.

The Scottish Community Foundation organized the Arts Funding Prize in 2008 to fund an arts building in Edinburgh. An anonymous donor provided the £3 million award.

The charity was inundated with submissions before narrowing the field down to three proposals.

Sutherland Hussey’s bid was selected ahead of a gallery scheme for the Edinburgh College of Art by Oliver Chapman Architects, and an extension project for the Scottish Book Trust by Malcolm Fraser.

Irene Kernan, director of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, said the prize ‘will enable us to fulfil our ambitions to create a world class sculpture centre in the city.’

The centre is expected to open in 2013.

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