Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre

Richard Murphy Architects, Peebles, 2004


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The free standing canopied drum houses the excape stair 

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  • The free standing canopied drum houses the excape stair    
  • The Venlaw Street elevation    
  • The southern elevation    
  • View of the entrance    
  • Detail of the facade    
  • Ground floor cafe view    
  • Ground floor cafe    
  • The auditorium is located at first floor level, where it takes advantage of the pitched roof volume    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Cross section    
  • Long section    
  • Glazed facade with exposed structure    
  • Cut away isometric of part of facade    
  • Plan of facade at ground floor    
  • Plan of facade at first floor    

Renovation of a Grade II listed redundant Gothic church building in Scottish Boarders to create an arts centre

The project accommodates a 250 seat auditorium, with a rehearsal room, doubling as an exhibition space, a green room, changing rooms for artists, a small catering facility with cafe/bar and offices.

The Gothic exterior facade remains virtually untouched, while the side elevation was completely removed and substituted by a completely new transparent entrance elevation displaying the theatre within. This new facade gives the development an external presence, rather than hiding the theatre in the shell of the historic building, creating an understandable, developing history.

The auditorium box is externally clad in ply and emerges in the foyer and on circulation. 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 freestanding, canopied drum houses the escape stairs with large doors which open onto a platform lift.


  • Begun: Sep 2002
  • Completed: Mar 2004
  • Floor area: 839m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £2.1M
  • Funding: National Lottery £1.6 million; European Union £300,000; donations from Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Enterprise Borders, Scottish Borders Council
  • Tender date: Mar 2002
  • Procurement: Scottish Building Contract, Contractors Design Portion with Quantities
  • Address: Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD, United Kingdom

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