• IN THE NEWS

Edinburgh’s new music venue

September 2018
David Chipperfield Architects has unveiled its design for the new music venue to be constructed in Edinburgh’s historic New Town. The IMPACT Centre, as it will be known, will be the city’s first new purpose-built space for music and performance in 100 years.

The Chipperfield design is based on three compact volumes accommodating public and ancillary functions, ranged around a 1,000-seat auditorium, with an open plan foyer at ground level. The auditorium is oval in plan, ringed by a colonnaded walkway and roofed with a shallow dome — a design response to the architectural heritage of the surrounding buildings and axial view across St Andrew Square and down George Street.

IMPACT Centre

The team working on the project includes executive architect Reiach and Hall Architects, landscape consultant Gross Max, services and lighting engineers Arup, facade consultant Thornton Tomasetti, and acoustic consultants Nagata Acoustics and Arup, with structural and civil engineering by Whitby Wood. The design team client is the International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (IMPACT Scotland).

IMPACT Centre

Whitby Wood Design Director, Mark Whitby, commented: “The design of performance spaces demands subtle engineering. Synergy is needed between architect and engineer, and all are ultimately subordinate to the acoustic performance.”

“Acoustic performance defines the the form of an auditorium, which has to be nested in an acoustically impermeable shell. Air must be precisely delivered and extracted through the shell, demanding low velocities and large ducts to avoid noise and discomfort. The integration of these systems has to be done seamlessly, and from the outset performance space design evolves alongside these functional requirements.”

IMPACT Centre

The projected completion date for the project is 2021.

www.impactscotland.org.uk
https://davidchipperfield.com

renderings: David Chipperfield Architects

  news index
Also in the news

Seb and Chris cycle to MIPIM — virtually

May 2020
They made it! All the way from London to Cannes on static bikes ... for Coram
The Wiltern, Perivale, London

The Wiltern gets planning approval

May 2020
Amro announces the granting of planning approval for residential project in Ealing
Emma Francois

Supporting RedR — volunteering

May 2020
Emma Francois' latest volunteer work with disaster relief charity RedR

Five staircases in the City of London

May 2020
Working with Littlehampton Welding on part of a commercial fit-out in the City of London.

Engineer scales Mt Bintumani for CODEP without leaving home

May 2020
Mike Gatfield scales a mountain of stairs for Sierra Leone charity
Fairfield Homes, Croydon

Planning approval granted for Fairfield Homes project

May 2020
Brick By Brick's new residential project for Croydon moves to the next stage

Progress at Preston Barracks site in Brighton

April 2020
Latest site pictures from Henry Construction of residential scheme in Brighton
Kingswood project, Surrey

Legal & General Kingswood project gets green light

April 2020
Planning approval granted for £215m retirement community project
Cycle to MIPIM 2020

Seb + Chris cycle to MIPIM 2020

January 2020
Couch potatoes to elite athletes! Support Seb + Chris as they attempt the Cycle to MIPIM endurance charity challenge
Cup Cube installation, London

Engineering art in support of The Cup Fund

January 2020
Visit Cup Cube and see just how many disposable cups are used in the UK ... EVERY MINUTE!

Packing 16 buildings into the top five

January 2020
AJ selects Greenwich Peninsula Design District in its top five UK buildings to watch out for in 2020
Whitby Wood Bristol office

Bristol office takes off!

December 2019
Our Bristol office opens, and we are appointed on a commercial redevelopment project in the city.
Tolworth Tower

Tolworth Tower project gains planning consent

, ,
November 2019
First phase: tower refurbishment and adaptation, retaining the distinctive concrete frame

Special projects: wall-mounted sculpture for Pocket Living

October 2019
Advice on structure and installation for competition-winning sculpture
Financial Times article

Realising you're contributing to society

October 2019
Senior engineer April Shackley features in an FT article focused on women in engineering