Sunday 25th February 2024,
North Edinburgh Community News

Redevelopment plans for McMillan Hub announced

As part of the ongoing regeneration programme around MacMillan Square, North Edinburgh Arts (NEA) has now been granted full community ownership in a community asset transfer from the City of Edinburgh Council. 

With the additional transfer of a plot of land to the north of the organisation’s venue. 

NEA are now working in partnership with the Council to create plans for an extended creative and community hub for the area, to be named the MacMillan Hub. 

The objective is to create a community and neighbourhood hub promoting culture, learning, work and well-being in and around the town centre. Everyone at NEA is excited about the possibilities this will bring to our community.

The plans include:

  • a refurbished and redesigned North Edinburgh Arts venue promoting the highest quality culture, arts and meeting space
  • a new Muirhouse Library
  • a new Learning and Skills Hub
  • a new Early Years Centre
  • housing for rent

NEA is already a well-loved destination for locals but has outgrown its building. To meet the needs for future generations we need to redevelop as part of this new Hub.

The entrance to the McMillan Hub
Entrance to the Young People’s Centre

The plans ensure the accessible, welcoming and much needed community space, using environment-friendly build and innovative design techniques. The community space will reflect current community aspirations, while being flexible enough to respond to unplanned future demand.

Award winning Richard Murphy Architects have been appointed by Robertson and with the Council and NEA to design the MacMillan Hub. Working together with a view to submitting a joint detailed planning permission in December 2020 to start the build in 2021 and open in the summer of 2022.

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