The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Client: Church of Scotland

Architects: Malcolm Fraser Architects

Contractor: Watson Construction

Project Value: £2.6 million

Lead Consultant: Richard Mackenzie

We carried out a full acoustic assessment of the existing Netherbow Theatre prior to its virtual demolition and provided the full acoustic design after it was rebuilt. Specific challenges of the project involved incorporating a picture window into the theatre and controlling a structure borne transmission from the storytelling court. A landmark building situated on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the Netherbow is a multi-purpose venue with facilities for speech, music, administration, retailing and educational activities.

The Centre is also the headquarters of the Scottish Storytelling Forum. This network promotes a range of storytelling events and projects throughout Scotland and the world, and provides storytelling training and support. The centre, designed by Malcolm Fraser Architects, won the RIBA Award in 2007.

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