Basic Site Details

Name: Opera House site
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: To Cost 20,000,000

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Castle Terrace Theatre Development (CTTD)   

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Concert hall  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Castle Terrace  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61949 Proposed 
Item 2 of 61965 ProposedArt Deco scheme for opera house
Item 3 of 611 October 1968 Build/constructionScheme approved in principal by Borough Council, 3m, per Building, 11/10/1968 p179
Item 4 of 61972September 1975ProposedRobert Matthew proposal. Scheme was developed until September 1975, when the Scottish Office backing fell through
Item 5 of 61972 Scheme acceptedDesign for hotel given outline approval
Item 6 of 61984 ProposedScheme for opera house revived


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 15Stuart Lowe HarrisArchitectG1960s1970sProject manager - as Depute City Architect
Item 2 of 15(Sir) William Hardie Kininmonth ArchitectA1965 Art Deco scheme for opera house
Item 3 of 15Ian Charles GordonArchitectA1965 Art Deco scheme for opera house
Item 4 of 15Rowand Anderson Kininmonth & PaulArchitectural practiceA1965 Art Deco scheme for opera house
Item 5 of 15Thomas Hynd DuncanArchitectA1965 Art Deco scheme for opera house
Item 6 of 15William Gray LeslieArchitectA1965 Art Deco scheme for opera house
Item 7 of 15Harold Alan WightmanArchitectB1972 Scheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 8 of 15Ian Marshall Torrance Samuel Architect, Town PlannerB1972 Scheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 9 of 15John Christopher ('Chris') CarterArchitectB1972 Scheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 10 of 15John Deacon RichardsArchitectB19721975Scheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 11 of 15Kenneth Edward GrahamArchitectB19721975Scheme for pyramidal opera house. Graham in close collaboration with Richards headed up the design team for the opera house scheme
Item 12 of 15Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectB1972 Scheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 13 of 15Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceB19721975Pyramidal design
Item 14 of 15Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectB1972 Scheme for pyramidal opera house
Item 15 of 15John Deacon RichardsArchitectD1984 New scheme for opera house


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp264
Item 2 of 2Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp447-9
RMJM proposal

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building11 October 1968  p179

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Alison Blamire, Harris' daughterInformation sent via DSA website Sent August 2009