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A Decade at Assembly Rooms Edinburgh

 

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We look back at some of the highlights from the last decade at Assembly Rooms. 

2010

Assembly Rooms refurbishment project plans, funding and permissions are finalised following 5 years of planning and fundraising.

 Refurb 

2011

  • A £9.3M, 18-month refurbishment begins led by LDN architects and funded by with contributions
    • Heritage Lottery Fund
    • City of Edinburgh Council
    • Historic Scotland
    • the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland

The restoration future proof the spaces celebrating the original architecture, flexibility and grandeur.

2012

  • Assembly Rooms reopens in July following its major restoration
  • Hosts a range of events including the Freedom ceremony of the City ceremony for Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy,  and quickly re-establishes itself as one of Edinburgh’s top event venues.
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2013

  • The venues refurbishment attracts a range of awards including;  
    • the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Scotland
    • Edinburgh Architecture Association
    • the Scottish Design Awards

2014

  • Hosts top TV entertainment show of the day X Factor
  • The Duchess of Cornwall opens the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
  • STV films live debates on the Scottish Independence referendum.
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2015

  • The venue is used for live TV broadcast featuring debates around the UK General Elections  and welcomes back the first of many Hogmanay events.
  • The venue wins a silver from Green Business Tourism Scotland and is nominated for a  VIBEs award

2016

  • Riverside Studios hosts Edinburgh’s first Digital Festival as an alternative to the traditional performing arts during August
  • Sotheby’s returns to the venue to host its first exhibition on Scottish art from the late 19th and 20th century
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2017

  • Assembly Rooms celebrates 230 years alongside the New Towns 250 year anniversary celebrations.
  • The Peers Ball, first held in 1822, is reimagined as the Alternative Peers Ball, a one night festival of music and art.
  • The building is granted the Green Tourism Gold Award.

2018

  • The first Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival is hosted in partnership between Assembly Rooms and Good Thinking.
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2019

  • Scottish Album of the Year Awards was hosted Edinburgh at Assembly Rooms, first time in its history that it has been hosted in Edinburgh

 

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