The Raeburn Place Foundation, the charity responsible for the site, intends to transform the home of Edinburgh Academicals – creating a modern sports hub which has the community at its heart.

Much hard work has gone into bringing our plans to fruition and to see the preliminary works completed and the building works beginning on site is a wonderful start to 2019 for everyone who has shown their belief in our vision.

– David Newlands, Chairman at Raeburn Place Foundation

The first phase, due to complete this autumn, will see the creation of sports terracing, changing facilities and nine commercial units as well as a function suite and café. Several tenants have already been secured, including Marks & Spencer, Waterstones and Charlie Miller.

Once complete, the Stockbridge ground will also have first-class sports and recreation facilities and a Museum of International Rugby. This will showcase the heritage of the site and its pivotal role in the sport, which saw it host the first rugby international in 1871 and the first Calcutta Cup match in 1879.

This is a landmark project for Robertson to be involved with, due to its central location and the importance of the ground in sporting heritage terms. We have been involved in the detailed design stage and are now pleased to be on site and bringing our experience to bear on realising the building.

– David Cairns, Managing Director at Robertson Central East


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