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Museum of Fire McDonald Road, Edinburgh


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November 2021
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Recreating the Edinburgh Museum of fire

Robertson is returning the Edinburgh Museum of Fire to its original home at McDonald Road Fire Station where it operated for 25 years before its move to Lauriston Place.

An exciting project for Robertson

We are proud to be collaborating again with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on the development of their McDonald Road Fire Station, in the heart of the capital, to include the Edinburgh Museum of Fire.

This new location will enable us to celebrate the proud firefighting heritage of Edinburgh and allow even more visitors to discover the story of James Braidwood and the famous Edinburgh Fire Establishment.
Lewis Ramsay
Assistant Chief Officer and Chairman of the SFRS Heritage Committee

Operating under unique circumstances

This project has been significant as the site remains a fully functioning fire station throughout all phases of the construction process. Being a key service for the surrounding area as well as the Scottish Parliament, it is essential that this has remained unaffected.

We have been able to create temporary areas on site to accommodate all firefighters along with the existing area for up to six fire vehicles and training facilities for working at height. Most of the existing fire station are being retained such as the firepoles, with all of the internal aspects being refurbished.

Creating a new purpose-built facility

The existing fire station is being redeveloped and expanded to create space for the Fire Museum, along with regional headquarters and facilities for support staff.

We are creating a space that will act as a community engagement centre and used to educate local children on the past, present and future of the fire service along with teaching them crucial safety advice.

I'm absolutely certain that the local community will be quick to see the benefits of this new facility, not least as it will provide an important hub for youth engagement and safety advice.
Lewis Ramsay
Assistant Chief Officer and Chairman of the SFRS Heritage Committee

The combination of historical artefacts dating back over 400 years with modern, innovative and interactive displays, will make the museum suitable for all ages and interests.

McDonald Road Fire Station has proudly served the city of Edinburgh for over 50 years and it is good news for the local community that it will again host the museum's fascinating collection of artefacts.
Ben MacPherson
MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith

Project team

Architect: Smith Scott Mullen & Associates

Project manager: Pick Everard

Principal contractor: Robertson Central East

Civil & structural engineer: Pick Everard

M&E engineer: Pick Everard

Procurement route

The project was procured through the Scape Major Works Scotland framework, part of the National Construction framework. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions.