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Architectural firm Malcolm Fraser closes

The Scottish Ballet's headquarters at the Tramway in Glasgow The Scottish Ballet's headquarters at the Tramway in Glasgow
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Celebrated architects firm Malcolm Fraser, known for its work with companies including Rambert and Scottish Ballet, has closed.

Established in 1993, the Edinburgh-based firm also worked on projects for organisations including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The company’s founder, Malcolm Fraser, said the practice had gone into liquidation after his work became financially unviable.

“The work we did is beautiful and important. However, we have been unable to make it profitable. I am immensely proud of what we have done over 22 years and the influence it has had. I hope my colleagues here, and the clients and ongoing work we had, will continue with other architectural practices,” he said.

The firm won numerous architectural awards, and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2002 for Dance Base in Edinburgh, which also won the Doolan Prize.

It was also responsible for the extensive development of studio facilities for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

A spokeswoman for RCS told The Stage: “We are saddened to hear about the closure of Malcolm Fraser Architects. The firm worked closely with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to regenerate a set of disused industrial sheds in the most brilliant and innovative way.”

She added: “The Wallace Studios is a beautiful learning and teaching facility for RCS’s students and teachers, and we thank Malcolm Fraser for their brilliance, their commitment and their involvement in its creation.”

Other cultural buildings designed by Malcolm Fraser include Dance City in Newcastle, and the Glasgow base of Scottish Ballet.

Christopher Hampson, artistic director and chief executive of Scottish Ballet, said that Malcolm Fraser had realised the company’s ambitions to house its entire organisation under one roof.

“Thanks to their creativity and ingenuity Scottish Ballet have a home that has invigorated the company and provided Glasgow with cultural space to be proud of – one that can inspire future generations of dancers and creative artists,” he added.

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