Building development

Ambitious redevelopment plans 

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. We 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. To find out more about our plans view the ​film​ below.  We are fundraising for this redevelopment, to get involved contact usor make a donation.

You can download Draft Plans-October 2020 to see draft plans, building visualisations and more information about proposed plans.

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.

To share your comments and submit any suggestions, email

Other useful links about our story, Community Asset Transfer and plans:

North Edinburgh Arts secures Scottish Land Funs-Press Release

NEA to become a community owned hub-Press Release

NEA Business Plan 2020 – Community Enterprise