St Mary’s RC Cathedral Hall

Client: Diocese of Edinburgh and St Andrews


The courtyard development for St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral at the east end of York Place in Edinburgh illustrates the potential of simple, efficient modern design to sit comfortably in a tight urban setting and to offer real practical gains for the church and the wider public.

The new accommodation, created on the site of an existing car park at the side of the A Listed Cathedral, provides a fully accessible multi-purpose hall, meeting room and café, available for use by the local community. The hall holds about 200 people and has a wide range of uses including wedding receptions, jumble sales and Festival performances.

The building aims to be energy efficient. It is south facing, makes maximum use of daylight and is largely naturally ventilated. The main spaces open on to an outside courtyard to extend their flexibility whenever the weather permits.

The completed building has been an acclaimed success and was shortlisted for the RIAS Building of the Year Award on completion.

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