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Plans for Edinburgh’s first new concert hall in more than a century revealed

27th August 2018

David Chipperfield Architects has unveiled its planned designs for The Impact Centre, Edinburgh’s first new concert hall in more than a century which is expected to attract more than 250,000 visitors each year and generate £25 million for the economy. Ryden is acting as Planning Consultant and agent for the application.

The 1,000-capacity auditorium will have a rooftop dome, glass-covered walkway and outdoor terraces, under Sir David Chipperfield’s vision for the £45m concert hall which could open by 2021. The Impact Centre will also provide a long-awaited home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and it is expected to become a major new Edinburgh International Festival venue.

Billed as a “younger sister” to the Usher Hall, which opened in 1914, its design will be suitable for classical, world, pop, jazz, folk and electronica, as well as comedy and spoken-word events. A smaller studio will host 200-capacity shows.

Brian Muir, Partner at Ryden, explained: “We are delighted to be part of the team for this project of such quality which will deliver a truly world class venue for the city."

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Brian Muir

Brian is a chartered town planner with more than 41 years of experience in both public sector (11 years) and private sector (30 years). During that time he has advised on many of the largest, most complex, and most sensitive development projects in Scotland.

Brian is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art (Planning School).  Following 11 years as a planning officer in local authorities, latterly as Head of Development Control for Clydebank Council, Brian transferred to consultancy establishing the first Scotland office of Turley Associates. After 15 years as a director of Turley, Brian, together with Robert Evans and Adrian Smith, established Muir Smith Evans in 2004. MSE operated as a niche practice, offering senior advice.

Brian joined Ryden in December 2017 when Muir Smith Evans merged with Ryden

In his role as a consultant, Brian has advised on over a thousand projects since 1989 in all sectors and for a wide range of corporate and private clients. He has established a strong reputation for the provision of planning advice which is commercially-aware, sound, and focused on outcomes.The advice provided is honest and clear, even when that can be difficult for the client to hear. He is skilled in presenting to committees and public forums, and acting as an expert witness.

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