Council grants planning permission to new concert hall

Edinburgh’s first purpose-built music and performance venue for over 100 years has received planning permission.

The Dunard Centre, which is the flagship cultural project of the City Region Deal, was agreed for planning approval by the Development Management Sub Committee of the City of Edinburgh Council today (Thursday 24th April). Once built, the development will seat 1000 people for concerts and events in the heart of St Andrew Square.VIEW 01 ST ANDREWS

The City of Edinburgh Council Leader Adam McVey is Chair of the Edinburgh and South East of Scotland City Region Deal Joint Committee. The Dunard Centre project will receive £20m of capital funding from the City Region Deal Committee.

Commenting, Adam Mcvey said: “The city region deal has given us the first opportunity for more than 100 years to create a new concert hall in Edinburgh! It’s a hugely exciting time and now that the designs have planning permission, the project can move forward. The creation of the Concert hall will provide an excellent new venue and home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and be another exciting development on St Andrew Sq. None of it would be possible without our ambitious city deal or the generosity of philanthropists like Carol Grigor. Together, we’re opening up an exciting new chapter in Edinburgh’s already thriving cultural scene to help more of our residents to take part in and enjoy the arts.”

Speaking during the committee hearing, architect Sir David Chipperfield said:

“This will be a public building that relates to Edinburgh on a civic scale by both fitting in and standing out in order to perform an important social and cultural role in a city with strong established cultural traditions.”

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Image credit: David Chipperfield Architects/Hayes Davidson

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