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The Dunard Centre

Edinburgh, UK
IMPACT Scotland

International design competition (Finalist)

Culture & Community
Lead Architect / Barozzi Veiga
Local Architect / 3DReid
Structural Engineer / Alan Baxter
Services Engineer / Max Fordham
Landscape Architect / Ian White Associates
Acoustics / Kahle Acoustic

Shortlisted international design competition for The Dunard Centre Concert Hall in Edinburgh’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3DReid, in collaboration with Barozzi Veiga, was shortlisted in the international competition to design a purpose-built performance venue, and base for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, in Edinburgh.

Working within extremely tight constraints the scheme is founded upon the principle of the formation of a flow of space, between inside and out, creating an exciting journey through the building, culminating in a spectacular rehearsal room/multi-propose space, situated on the top floor, with expansive views, across the city.

Throughout, careful consideration was given to visitor movement, ensuring that all are offered an engaging experience in whatever capacity they are using the building, whether simply enjoying the foyer-based café or taking in a performance or event. Separation is also maintained between back of house spaces and performer access and that of the general public, with no overlap between the two.


Replacing a 1970s office block, connected to the historic Category A listed Dundas House, Registered Office of the Royal Bank of Scotland, our proposals sought to create a scheme that repaired the disjointed urban fabric of this part of the city, knitting the new building into the historic grain that is present within the immediate area, known as the Registers and responding to the emergent St James Centre development.

The proposed concert hall forms and new connection into Dundas House, facilitating the use of the magnificent domed area within as an extended Foyer and Event Space, in the future.

Ground Floor Plan (0,00m)

Foyer, Concert Hall

First Floor Plan (+4.35m)

Foyer and First Balcony

Second Floor Plan (8.70m)

Foyer and Second Balcony

Fifth Floor Plan (+21.85m)

Rehearsal room balcony

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