IMPACT centre enters planning phase

Impact Centre - Visual 1

Following a 25-year search to find the ideal location for a new music and performance venue in Edinburgh, images have been unveiled to reveal a stunning design for the IMPACT Centre. As well as being the new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the centre will be used for music performances, talks, conferences and as a venue for the Edinburgh Festival during August.

The design has been developed and refined following extensive consultation with Edinburgh city officials, heritage bodies, community bodies and the public and IMPACT Scotland are grateful for everyone’s support and contributions.

Sir David Chipperfield is leading the design team and said, "We are very excited to be working on the new music venue in a city renowned around the world for its arts and culture. The setting, within the context of Edinburgh's historic New Town, is also both stimulating and challenging.”

The new music venue provides a modern performance space and public space in a somewhat hidden corner of the city.

Main hall Impact Centre

Planning application submitted

The planning application for the IMPACT Centre was submitted to City of Edinburgh Council on 23 August 2018. The project is being funded through substantial philanthropic donations, together with £25 million support from the Scottish and UK Governments and City of Edinburgh Council, as part of the City Region Deal. The Royal Bank of Scotland are supporting the project by providing a long-term lease for the land at a nominal cost.

There is an opportunity for you to consider writing in support of the project and IMPACT Scotland would be grateful if you could do so before the deadline of 14 October 2018. 

The application and guidance on the type of comments required is available on the City Council's planning portal here:


Impact Centre - Visual 3