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Bidding for £45m Edinburgh concert hall begins

The search for a contractor to deliver a new £45m concert hall in Edinburgh has started.

The International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust (Impact) has invited contractors to submit requests to participate in the bidding for the job.

A 1,000-seat concert hall, called the Impact Centre, will be built behind Dundas House, the old Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters, which is part of the New Town UNESCO world heritage site in the centre of the city.

There will also be a smaller 200-person capacity performance area called The Studio built under ground.

Impact has said the project will involve “complex building services” due to the acoustic requirements of the auditorium.

A two-stage tender process will be run for the contract, with at least five companies expected to compete for the job.

The criteria for awarding the contract is weighted 70 per cent towards the quality of the bid and contractor, and 30 per cent towards price.

Requests to participate must be submitted by 11 July with invitations to tender then being sent out on 1 August.

Construction is scheduled to start in August 2019 with completion due for the second half of 2021.

Impact chairman Sir Ewan Brown said: “We are delighted to be taking this next step towards our goal of creating Edinburgh’s first purpose-built music venue in over 100 years, which will welcome new audiences to experience all kinds of music and performance, in an outstanding venue with exceptional acoustics.”

The Impact Centre is part of a larger redevelopment of the east side of the city centre.

Laing O’Rourke is currently delivering an £1bn mixed-use scheme nearby that is due to be completed in 2020.

In the west of Edinburgh city centre, Interserve has recently offloaded its Haymarket development for £49.1m.

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