Planning application for new Edinburgh music venue recommended for approval

The City of Edinburgh Council’s planning officials have recommended the approval of the application to build a new music venue in Edinburgh city centre.

The performance hall, designed by acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield and supported by Royal Bank of Scotland, would be the first purpose-built music venue in the city for one hundred years.

The application will now be considered by the Development Management Sub Committee at a hearing set for 24 November.

The 1,000 capacity Dunard Centre will sit behind Dundas House, linking to St Andrew Square with the Register Lanes and the new St James Quarter.

Specialist consultants Nagata Acoustics have been working with David Chipperfield Architects on the auditorium design.

What the inside of the proposed venue could look like
What the inside of the proposed venue could look like

Gavin Reid, chief executive at Scottish Chamber Orchestra and co-chair of IMPACT Scotland, said: “Creativity and cultural engagement are central to re-imagining and re-invigorating the life, economy and well-being of our communities.

“This is an opportunity for the city to raise its game in terms of cultural infrastructure and provide a world-class venue for the people of Edinburgh and its many visitors.”

Fergus Linehan, festival director and chief executive at Edinburgh International Festival and co-chair of Impact Scotland, added: “The Dunard Centre, a bespoke venue located in the heart of the city is a gift for the musicians and the music organisations of tomorrow.

“It is a statement that Edinburgh is not content to live on past glories but is looking to a bright, innovative, and inclusive future.”

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