The University of St Andrews has recently completed construction on the current Arts building and is in the midst of moving the Music Department into a newly constructed Music Centre.
The new construction in the Arts Building consisted of refurbishing the reception waiting room, creating three teaching rooms, and adding a breakout area on level two.
A representative from the University said that “this was done to create trial spaces for some new teaching space designs and technology and to create some comfortable student study spaces.”
Construction for a new music centre is also underway, having begun in late July 2018.
The current Music Centre has been in Younger Hall for the past 25 years, and although hundreds of students have partaken in adding music to their degree, the facilities have not adequately provided for them due to the lack of soundproofing, which limits their course of learning.
The University’s Director of Music, Michael Downes, said, “The Younger Hall, where our current facilities are located, was never intended to house a busy music centre, which in a typical week hosts around 40 ensemble rehearsals and almost 300 individual lessons, in addition to hundreds of hours of private practice.
“The new building will provide facilities to match the talent and ambition we see shining bright in the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, Byre Opera, the University Chamber Orchestra, and St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra.”
The purpose of the new centre is to provide first class facilities to musically-inclined students in order to engage their interests in the performing arts.
On 25 July 2018, the project was cited as a £12.5m endeavour.
The University hopes to eventually host national- and international-level recitalists and provide students with access to the latest recording technology.
The Music Department will be allocated a new Music Centre, which will include a teaching and practice space, studio, music technology, recording suite, library, and a chamber recital hall.
On the developments, a representative from Fife Council said, “Our plans for the music centre create a suite of spaces to act as a focal point for both the university and the community’s musical activities.”
The Music Centre, designed by architect Flanagan Lawrence, is being built in St Andrews on Queens Terrace, as part of St Mary’s Quadrangle, near St Regulus Hall and the Bute Building.
Speaking to Flanagan Lawrence in a press release, Creative Director Jason Flanagan said, “St Andrews is Scotland’s first university, with a long tradition of academic excellence. Our aspiration for the music centre is to create a suite of spaces, which will each be acoustically excellent for their purpose to create a focal point for the community’s musical activities.”
He continued, “The quality of the acoustic in these spaces will allow the musical excellence of rehearsals and performances to flourish for students, teachers, performers and audiences alike.”
Construction began in late July on the new Music Centre, according to Flanagan Lawrence’s website, and the new installation was also featured in Architects’ Journal.
The new Music Centre is set to be completed in 2019.