Laidlaw Music Centre gets underway at St Andrews


OLLOWING a design competition in the summer of 2016, work has begun on Flanagan Lawrence's design of a

new Music Centre for the University of St Andrews. Close to the medieval heart of the

ancient Scottish university town, the Laidlaw Music Centre will provide a new home for the current music centre in a building which will enable community access, professional performance, tuition and rehearsal, and the study of music as part of the undergraduate degree programme. The new facility will support musical engagement and complement the Byre Theatre, offering a range of soundproofed spaces for practice, individual tuition, academic lectures, and

ensemble and orchestral rehearsals. Facilities will also include a music technology suite. Each space is designed to be acoustically

excellent, but with flexibility and ease of use in mind. The acoustic quality of these new spaces will significantly enhance the calibre of rehearsals and performances for students, teachers, performers and audiences alike. The Laidlaw Music Centre will replace the existing facilities in the Younger Hall on North Street (built in 1828) where all activities are limited by the lack of sound-proofing. Dr Michael Downes, Director of Music,

University of St Andrews, Artistic Associate, Byre Theatre, said: “Flanagan Lawrence has kept the artistic purpose of

the building firmly in mind throughout the design process, ensuring that the integrity of the new spaces allows musicians to give the best performances possible. We are thrilled with the elegance and sensitivity of the design that has evolved and are confident that it will result in one of the most successful purpose-built spaces for classical music in Scotland”. The Centre will be built on a site on

Queens Terrace, St Andrews, which currently has temporary buildings and a car park. It is anticipated that the project will complete in late 2019.

Northampton’s £320m complex completed F

OUR years after starting on site, the design teams behind the purpose- built £320m Waterside Campus for

the University of Northampton have completed the project. The scheme which houses six new

academic buildings on a 58-acre former brownfield site has been one of the biggest of its kind in the higher education sector. CPMG Architects led on the delivery of

three campus buildings - the Creative Hub, Senate Building and Logistics Hub - which form half of the university’s new academic buildings. Chris White, director at CPMG said:

“This is a complex development delivered with true collaboration between consultant partners and contracting teams. We’re proud to be part of the team to deliver this ambitious project and these three important buildings.”

The four-storey senate building acts as

the corporate and research centre hosting guest lectures, exhibitions and events within its teaching spaces, large lecture hall and impressive atria. The dramatic roof creates a bold entrance to the campus and shapes its impact on the wider environment. The Creative Hub will be home to the

university’s art and design faculties. With art studios, specialist teaching spaces, media spaces and laboratories; the building’s stripped back and open-plan structure allows visitors unrestricted views of the River Nene. A Logistics Hub has also been

completed, housing the university’s infrastructure team which is vital in supporting the campus activity as facilities continue to develop onsite. CPMG Architects worked with Bowmer & Kirkland on the new campus which will

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provide world-class teaching and learning facilities for 15,000 students.

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