IMPACT Scotland has already held an initial public consultation on proposals for building a new performance venue on land within Royal Bank of Scotland’s ownership at 36 St Andrew Square in November 2017. The consultation covered the “Demolition of the 1960's rear office block to the rear of Dundas House and the erection of music and performing arts venue and Associated Uses”.
They have now announced a second consultation / exhibition regarding the site. The proposal aims to deliver a new music and performing arts venue, the IMPACT Centre, immediately behind Dundas House, (which comprises the Royal Bank of Scotland at 36 St Andrew Square). It’s noted that the Royal Bank of Scotland’s branch at St Andrew Square will continue to operate as a stand-alone branch.
IMPACT Scotland have informed NTBCC that they will be holding the second of two public consultation events "to inform the emerging proposals" ; the date & time for this is :
Thursday 15th March at 35 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD, between 3:00pm and 7:30pm.
Details as communicated are here.
NTBCC has already submitted a detailed response to the 1st consultation (which did not present a firm proposal but sought views on a number of key design considerations & can be viewed here).
We look forward to seeing more detail of the emerging plans on March 15th and how they connect (both physically and architecturally) with other developments in the immediate area.
Separately, we are aware of plans for an impending application for the former Bank of Scotland / British Linen Bank site at 38 / 39 St Andrews Square – just to the south of the current RBS branch on St Andrews Square at Dundas House. Further details of this will be communicated as a separate post in the coming weeks.
We are hopeful that the developers involved in the various projects in the immediate vicinity (“The Registers” & Edinburgh Grand, IMPACT Scotland, Edinburgh St James and 38/39 St Andrews Square as well as the Royal Bank of Scotland who continue to operate the branch from Dundas House) engage constructively to ensure that these projects provide a long term, consistent and sustainable development for this area.