Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles, Borders Region

The Eastgate Centre occupies a former church building constructed in 1871 in the centre of Peebles. The project accommodates an arts centre for the town, made up of a 250 seat auditorium, together with a rehearsal room (doubling as an exhibition space), the necessary ancillary accommodation of green room, changing rooms for artists, a small catering facility and cafe/bar and offices.

The design has been developed on the strong belief that the presence of the theatre should be evident from the exterior rather than simply discovered on the inside of an otherwise unchanged church exterior. The main 'ecclesiastical'; gothic facade remains virtually untouched but rather the side elevation is completely removed and substituted by a completely new entrance elevation displaying the theatre within. In this way the developing history of the building can be understood and both eras of its construction can sit in creative juxtaposition with each other.

Internally the theatre sits at first floor and is broadly proscenium with a degree of flexibility. The route to the theatre is visible through the facade and a fire escape triples as a porter bollard and the support for a new glazed canopy.

The project started on site in September 2002 and was completed in March 2004.

Other Details

Architects Richard Murphy, Matt Bremner (Project Architect), Tim Bayman, Peter Guthrie, David Morris, James Taylor, Patrick Fallis
Engineers Wardell Armstrong Laird Menzies, Edinburgh
M&E Engineers Buro Happold, Glasgow
Quantity Surveyor Ross & Morton, Edinburgh
Planning Supervisor Ross & Morton, Edinburgh
Acoustic Consultant Sandy Brown Associates
Colour Consultant Linda Green, Studio Green
Theatre Consultant John Stone, Coldstream, Berwickshire
Contractor Reywood Construction, East Lothian
Construction Cost £2m
Client Borders 1996 Company Limited

Awards

2005 Scottish Enterprise Dynamic Place Award Commendation

Press

February 2011 Curtain Goes Up On Eastgate Theatre Plans Peebleshire News
February 2011 D-day For Arts Centre Peebleshire News
2005 Eastgate Theatre And Arts Centre RIBA Sport and Leisure Sector Review
19 December 2004 Eastgate Pointed In The Right Direction Scotland On Sunday
29 October 2004 Top Prize Cements Scots Success Storey - Rias Awards The Scotsman
October 2004 RIAS: Client Interest Is Key To Competitions Architects' Journal - Letters Page
22 September 2004 Designs On Scotland's New Look - RIAS Awards Shortlist 2004 The Scotsman
6 May 2004 Religious Conversion - Murphy's Arts In Church Architects' Journal
8 April 2004 New Borders Venue Lures Fringe Artists The Scotsman
October 1999 Eastgate Theatre Plans Take Step Forward Peebleshire News
October 1999 Murphy Gets Nod Project Scotland
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