Robertson construction of fire training facility in Edinburgh

Newbridge Training Centre


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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
May 2019
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Setting the benchmark for world class fire and rescue services

Robertson has provided the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with a new state-of-the-art training centre located in Newbridge, Edinburgh. This training centre serves 60 community fire stations from the Scottish Borders to Fife and will successfully train more than 1600 firefighters each year.

Improving facilities for a crucial service

It was essential that we provided a high-quality centre for the fire department, highlighting the importance of safety of our communities and the firefighters protecting them. For some activities, firefighters will be training in temperatures up to 600 degrees Celsius.

The site provides many training facilities including:

  • classroom learning;
  • road traffic collision (RTC);
  • domestic, industrial and commercial building training;
  • urban search and rescue;
  • petrochemical and;
  • working at height.

Site preparation from our civil engineering business

Robertson Civil Engineering was involved in the preparation of the site which included moving topsoil, pouring concrete and laying drainage and tar to allow the next structural stage of the development to progress.

Public sector procurement for a sustainable legacy

The project was procured through Scape Scotland, a leading public sector procurement authority, dedicated to creating spaces, places and experiences that leave a sustainable legacy, whilst enriching the local economy across Scotland.

"It is fantastic to see the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and Robertson collaborate on a project of such significance. The new training facility will play a crucial role in providing current and future firefighters with the high-quality training necessary to effectively fulfil their role."
Victoria Brambini
Managing Director
This is a momentous occasion as we continue to move forward in also harnessing the very latest firefighting technologies, setting the benchmark of a truly world class fire and rescue service.
Alasdair Hay
Chief Officer

Project team

Architect: Smith Scott Mullen & Associates
Project manager: Pick Everard
Principal contractor: Robertson Central East
Civil Engineer: Robertson Civil Engineering
Structural engineer: Will Rudd Davidson
M&E engineer: Rybka