Go-ahead for McAlpine’s £43m Edinburgh concert hall job

Sir Robert McAlpine has got the planning green light to build Edinburgh’s first purpose-built music and performance venue for over 100 years.

The firm signed a pre-construction services contract earlier this year for the 1,000-seat auditorium concert hall to be built behind the Royal Bank of Scotland’s historic home on St Andrew Square.

Since then David Chipperfield Architects’ design for the Dunard Centre has been scaled-back, crucially with its planned height reduced after objections from the neighbouring St James Quarter.

The new flat top building design is clad in finned concrete panels

Construction is set to begin next year on the new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Edinburgh International Festival.

The client project team includes Turner and Townsend, civil engineers Whitby Wood and M&E consultant RSP.

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