Landmark buildings shortlisted for awards

Major redevelopments of the McEwan Hall and St Cecilia’s Hall have been shortlisted for a prestigious architectural accolade.

The historic University venues are among 25 buildings across Scotland in the running for the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) awards.

The restoration of McEwan Hall is a combination of sympathetic new build and meticulous restoration.

The University’s Estates team worked with LDN Architects to repair the building fabric, upgrade service installations and improve accessibility.

New entrance

The basement has been opened up to create a new entrance hall and visitor spaces underneath Bristo Square.

Generous donations from alumni and friends have helped to restore both venues so that they can become major assets for the University and the wider city.

The refurbishment project at St Cecilia’s Hall has transformed the original Georgian building into a key cultural and ceremonial space for the University. 

Page/Park Architects have taken inspiration from the shapes and intricate craftsmanship found in the collection to create a unique space.

Better access

Disabled access to all areas is now in place and new heating has been installed to maintain the correct humidity.

It will showcase the University’s world-renowned musical instrument collection, which will be open to the public.

Designed for the Edinburgh Musical Society, St Cecilia’s Hall is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall. It will also used as a teaching and performance space.