The City of Edinburgh Council’s development management sub-committee approved the construction of the Impact Centre, which will be renamed the Dunard Centre once open to the public.
Today’s decision is tremendous news for the city and turns the ambition for a world-class centre for music and performance into a reality...Sir Ewan Brown, Chairman, Impact Scotland
The 1,000-seat auditorium will also include a 200-seat studio for performances, rehearsals and recordings as well as rooms for education and conferences.
The open foyer will host music performances and a cafe bar. Located behind Dundas House at St Andrew Square, it will also become home to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and will be used as a venue for the Edinburgh International Festival.
Richard Price from the New Town and Broughton Community Council spoke in support of the plans, stating it would provide a “significant and positive contribution”. He added: “We fully support the principle of the development of a world class performance venue in this part of the city.”
Adam Wilkinson from the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust, told councillors that the plans show “a good understanding of the World Heritage Site”.
Welcoming the decision, Sir Ewan Brown said: “I am particularly pleased to announce that the official name of the venue will be Dunard Centre supported by Royal Bank of Scotland...”