The £45 million venue, to be built behind the neoclassical masterpiece Dundas House in St Andrew Square, will seat 1,000 and be completed by the beginning of 2022.
All the elements are in place to seize the opportunity to put Edinburgh back on the world stage as a top music destination...We believe we now have a building designed to attract performers and audiences of all ages, backgrounds and interests...Sir Ewan Brown, Chair, IMPACT Scotland
Dubbed the Impact Centre, the concert hall will become the permanent home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra but will also boast a 200-seat studio and a large entrance hall and foyer.
The expectation is the Impact Centre will become will be a key component of the Edinburgh International Festival, and could also be used by the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is based at the other end of George Street, in Charlotte Square.
Trustees of the scheme include Fergus Linehan, director of the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as Karine Polwart, the acclaimed singer songwriter, and James Naughtie, journalist and writer.
Project architect Sir David Chipperfield said: “Seeing Edinburgh at the height of the festivals reinforces just how much the new venue will contribute to the cultural life of the city, during summer and all year round..."