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Adjaye, Chipperfield and Murphy vie for £45m Scottish Chamber Orchestra venue

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Adjaye Associates, David Chipperfield Architects and Richard Murphy Architects are among six teams shortlisted for a new £45 million home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh

Toronto-based KPMB Architects, Swiss outfit Barozzi Veiga and Allies & Morrison complete the shortlist of teams invited to participate in the final round of the Colander Associates-organised competition which received 69 entries.

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 venue for the orchestra and for the Edinburgh International Festival, which is held across several local concert halls every summer.

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). Rehearsal, recital and recording spaces will also be included within the development.

Ewan Brown, chair of IMPACT Scotland’s judging panel commented: ‘We have an extremely strong shortlist to choose from. The submissions we received show that this project will transform the resource available to Edinburgh’s Festivals and provide new opportunities for music groups across Scotland by building for greater inclusivity and access.’

The six shortlisted teams will receive £10,000 each to draw up tenders and attend interviews with the winner expected to be announced in April.

The announcement comes a month after Richard Murphy Architects won the 2016 RIBA House of the Year award for the Murphy House nearby in Edinburgh New Town.

The full shortlist

  • Adjaye Associates (London) with Sandy Brown, Buro Happold and DHA Designs
  • Allies and Morrison (London) with Charcoalblue, Speirs & Major, Harrison Stevens and Buro Happold
  • Barozzi Veiga (Switzerland) with Alan Baxter, Max Fordham, KahleAcoustics, 3DReid and Ian White Associates
  • David Chipperfield Architects (London) with Arup, Whitby Mohajer Engineers, GROSS MAX and Theatre Projects
  • KPMB Architects (Toronto) with Simpson & Brown Architects, David Narro Associates, Arup, Sound Space Vision, rankinfraser landscape architecture and Transsolar Energietechnik
  • Richard Murphy Architects (Edinburgh) with Arup, Graven Images, GROSS MAX and Montagu Evans
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  • The 'gap site' behind the RBS on Thistle Street is presumably the space officially termed 'Thistle Court' - flanked by traditional town houses of some character (particularly in comparison to the 20th century banality around them), and it would be instructive to have some images of how the Chipperfield scheme will fit in this space - or is there to be some demolition?

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