arpl architects
ARPL Architects


ARPL Architects have completed a £1.5m upgrade and expansion of the Theatre Royal in Dumfries , the oldest theatre in Scotland.  Built in 1792 the theatre occupies a corner site in the town centre and is home to the Guild of Players, an amateur theatre group.


The facilities in the theatre were in need of major upgrade with the building fabric and its technical installations deteriorating. With funding principally from the Holywood Trust, HLF and Dumfries and Galloway Council the theatre purchased the adjoining properties allowing a new range of spaces to be developed.


The design rationalised circulation and created a new three storey foyer giving access to the theatre, a new studio rehearsal space, workshops, costume stores and environmentally controlled costume stores. This now allows the Guild and a wide range of visiting performers to provide a greatly enhanced arts offering to South West of Scotland.

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The ARPL philosophy is to produce buildings to the highest design standards in close consultation with our clients.

Our design is both innovative and sympathetic to the immediate and the broader environment in which they are constructed with an emphasis on sustainability. Each project embraces the unique nature of the client’s needs and the site.

From our base in Ayr the practice carries out projects over a wide geographical area from the Orkneys and the Western Isles to Ireland. Our project experience covers the fields of housing, churches, schools, commercial projects, private houses, community and arts buildings. We have developed particular expertise in contemporary sustainable design, specialist conservation works and design for historically sensitive environments.

Our work has received wide recognition through numerous design and environmental awards presented over the years for our new build and conservation works. Regular success in design competitions adds to the practice portfolio.

While you are here, please visit our project gallery where you can see many of the projects we have worked on and some case studies.

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