Designs unveiled for Dunard Centre concert hall

A concept image of the Dunard Centre in Edinburgh.

Fresh designs have been unveiled for the Dunard Centre, a proposed new purpose-built music and performance venue in the heart of Edinburgh.

Designed by architect Sir David Chipperfield in collaboration with Reiach and Hall Architects and Nagata Acoustics, the Dunard Centre would feature a 1,000 capacity auditorium designed to accommodate a wide range of musical performances. It would also deliver spaces for education and conferencing, a café/bar with indoor and outdoor seating, and a foyer capable of hosting informal performances.

The £75 million project is being funded by the Dunard Fund and the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, with a £15 million fundraising campaign currently underway.

If planning permission is granted, the Dunard Centre is expected to open in 2025.

“The Dunard Centre is an exciting and important new cultural venue for our Capital. This is the first purpose-built concert venue in Edinburgh in more than 100 years which will expand Edinburgh’s landscape for enjoying music and the arts. It is in a prime central and sustainable location, with fantastic public transport connections and will complement the wider transformation of the east end of the city centre alongside the opening of the Edinburgh St James Quarter - ensuring that our city centre remains a vibrant and thriving destination."

- Councillor Adam McVey, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council

Published: 13th August 2021