Raeburn Place, Edinburgh


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Parks and leisure
£8.8 million
The Raeburn Place Foundation
August 2020
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Transforming the home of international rugby

Robertson has revamped the birthplace of international rugby with a project that modernises the historic site with an impressive new pavilion, spectator stand, and series of retail units.

The home of the first ever international rugby match has received a well-deserved upgrade and has been transformed into a sporting hub befitting the location's remarkable history. Raeburn Place now has an exceptional new pavilion and spectator stand, accompanied by hospitality suites, a series of retail units, and space for a new museum, all delivered by Robertson.

  • Raeburn Place is home to Scotland's oldest rugby club.
  • 2,500-seat spectator stand, newly constructed pavilion, medical and physiotherapy rooms, and a purpose-built gym.
  • Nine high-quality commercial units which include a cafe, supermarket, and hair salon.

Celebrating a proud history with modern facilities

Raeburn Place has a long and proud sporting history. The venue hosted the very first international rugby match in 1871, and the first Calcutta Cup match in 1879. More recently, Raeburn Place also hosted the Women's Rugby World Cup final in 1994 and the under-21s World Cup in 2004.

Robertson worked with The Raeburn Place Foundation to create a modern and attractive training and playing environment that has added significant value to the local community with a project that also celebrates the area's unique sporting past.

Serving the local community

The development, which is also the home of Edinburgh Academicals, included the creation of a sports terracing, changing facilities, a purpose-built gym, medical and physiotherapy rooms, and floodlighting. In addition to the sporting hub, the site's nine commercial units are now home to a prominent supermarket retailer, bookshop, hair salon, and cafe, giving shoppers and visitors more variety.