Dalrymple Hall and Arts Centre, Fraserburgh

Feasibility study into the expansion of an important local landmark and community facility to accompany major arts funding applications.

This study examined the viability of develop the Dalrymple Hall & Arts Centre into a more fit-for-purpose arts centre. A series of development options were examined,ranging from minor to major scale upgrading. We also evaluated the pros and cons of continuing with local authority operation and the possibility of setting up a new charitable operating company. Stakeholder engagement was central to the success of this project.

Project Objectives:

Clarify the vision for Dalrymple
Quantify demand
Identify options for development
Assess options and financial implications
Identify sources of funding

I wanted to ‘officially’ say thanks for your work on the Dalrymple feasibility study. It was a very positive experience working with you. Your commitment to the project and enthusiasm never faltered. I was impressed too with your appreciating and understanding of each stakeholder’s aspirations for the project – whilst demonstrating your strategic vision and good practical knowledge. I think you managed the sensitivities of the group superbly. You have helped bring clarity to what has, at times, been a subject of confusion and contradictions.

Saskia Gibbon, Arts Development Officer, Aberdeenshire Council