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."