Edinburgh concert hall plans move forward

September 4, 2018 by  

Plans for a brand new Edinburgh concert hall, the first to be built in the city for over a hundred years, have moved forward with the release of architectural designs.

Sir David Chipperfield is designing the hall and it is set to feature an auditorium with space for 1,000 seats as well as outdoor terraces, a walkway covered by glass and a rooftop dome. Called the Impact Centre, it is being referred to as a smaller sister to the city’s beloved Usher Hall and is costing £45 million.

Serving as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s new home and also as a venue for shows from the Edinburgh Festival, the expectation is that the hall will bring in around £25 million each year and attract over 250,000 people annually.

The hall will have an unusual design in the shape of an egg, with Sir David telling The Scotsman that this would help it to blend with existing buildings in the area like the head office of RBS, before adding:

“A cultural building of this importance in the middle of a city like Edinburgh, and in particular the New Town, is a fantastic challenge. We tend to gravitate towards public cultural buildings and complex settings.”

Concert halls often promote their events using poster printing, which is something this venue will have the option of doing when it opens in 2021.