dunard centre

Dunard Centre supported by Royal Bank of Scotland will be a new venue for all kinds of music and performance located in the heart of Edinburgh.  It will sit just off St Andrew Square, behind and linked to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s historic Dundas House.

This will be Edinburgh’s first purpose-built music venue in 100 years and will offer world class acoustics in a 1,000-seat auditorium, together with a studio for performance, rehearsal and recording. A range of rooms and spaces will enable community outreach and education and provide for conferences. The site will be enhanced by an open foyer with café/bar facilities and opportunities for all-day music and performance.

Dunard Centre will be the new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the only Edinburgh-based National Performing Arts Company, and a principal venue for the Edinburgh International Festival.  It will make a significant contribution to the ongoing success of Edinburgh’s cultural offer.


Dunard Centre business case was approved by Joint Committee on 17 December 2018.

The project was granted planning permission by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Development Management Sub-Committee in April 2019.

Total City Region Deal Investment: £10 million UK Government, £10 million Scottish Government and £5 million City of Edinburgh.

IMPACT Scotland is the charitable trust taking the project forward, more details:

Lead Contact: Elaine Ravenscroft, IMPACT Scotland