The short list of architects in the running to design a major new concert hall for Edinburgh has been released.

The architect teams that will compete for the contract to design a new multi-million pound arts centre behind Dundas House at 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

The centrepiece will be a 1,000 seat auditorium, as well as a studio providing rehearsal, recital and recording space.

The building will be the new home for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

The open competition announced in December 2016, attracted 69 expressions of interest.

The six teams to be taken forward are led by architects from Edinburgh, London, Switzerland and Canada.

They include Adjaye Associates, Allies & Morrison, Barozzi Veiga, David Chipperfield, KPMB and

Richard Murphy.

Sir Ewan Brown, chair of the judging panel said: "We have an extremely strong shortlist to choose from.

"The submissions we received show that this project will transform the resource available to Edinburgh's Festivals and provide new opportunities for music groups across Scotland by building for greater inclusivity and access."

A decision on the winning team is expected to be taken in early April.

The project is being co-ordinated by a Impact Scotland, whose board includes members from the SCO, RBS, Dunard Fund and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Impact Scotland added: "It is being located, conceived and designed so as to complement, rather than compete with, the city-owned and operated Usher Hall; to provide Edinburgh with additional possibilities for cultural expansion; and to launch the next stage in the city’s artistic growth.

"There will be major benefits to the wider community of Edinburgh and the surrounding regions by providing access for all forms of popular music, jazz, folk, chamber and other small classical music and dance groups as well as solo and song recitals, traditional and Celtic music, and high-end experimental rock, pop and electronica."