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Robertson to redevelop historic rugby venue

Raeburn Place stand

Robertson Group is to lead the redevelopment of Raeburn Place, the Edinburgh sports ground which hosted the world’s first international rugby match.

The infrastructure group’s Central business was selected as principal contractor by Raeburn Place Foundation’s development arm following a competitive process.

Raeburn Place, in the city’s Stockbridge area, secured its place in history by hosting the first rugby international in 1871 and the first Calcutta Cup match in 1879. It is home to Edinburgh Academicals, Scotland’s oldest rugby club and the second oldest in the world.

Plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment include a covered 2,500-seater stand, a new rugby pitch, mini training pitches, changing rooms, a sprint track, purpose-built gym, medical and physiotherapy rooms. A cricket field will be reinstated along with practice nets, a sustainable surface draining system and upgraded floodlighting.

The development will cater to the wider community with function suites, a café bar, retail and commercial units and enhanced public space. A Museum of International Rugby will be incorporated, showcasing the heritage of Raeburn Place and its integral role in the development of world rugby.

David Cairns, regional managing director, Robertson Central, said: “This is a complex development with many different elements.

Raeburn Place shops“We will work closely with the Raeburn Place Foundation over the coming months to deliver the design and look forward to starting work on site this summer.”

David Newlands, chairman, Raeburn Place Foundation, said: “This is an exciting moment for everyone who has been involved in planning for this project. We are delighted to have appointed Robertson Central to build new facilities at Raeburn Place.

“We were impressed by their understanding of the importance of our heritage and the community in delivering high quality, sustainable facilities that will enhance this important part of the city.

“Robertson Central has a great track record in delivering similar projects on time and on budget and we are confident that they will deliver for Raeburn Place.”

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