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May 10 2012

Edinburgh Academical submit stadium plans
Michael Laird Architects have submitted revised plans for the redevelopment of Edinburgh Academical Football Club, proposing a 2,500 seater stadium with the option for an additional standing room only area with a capacity of 2,500. .

Plans to reopen the historic Raeburn House Hotel have  been shelved in favour of the creation of a heritage museum to celebrate the Accies 158 year history.

Redevelopment of the existing sports ground will also accommodate a new clubhouse, alongside supporting business, commercial and retail development.

Frank Spratt, executive chairman of Edinburgh Accies, said: “From the club’s point of view we would want to stress that the status quo is not sustainable and we can only afford to remain in the temporary accommodation for a limited time.

“In essence, our scheme allows for new changing facilities with areas for fitness, physiotherapy and adjoining function spaces. We have also allowed space for a museum and, to help fund the club going forward and sustain sport at Raeburn Place, we are proposing some commercial/retail space to be built.”
Five commercial units will be built fronting Raeburn Place
Five commercial units will be built fronting Raeburn Place

4 Comments

James
#1 Posted by James on 11 May 2012 at 11:17 AM
http://www.theraeburnhousehotel.com/
Great to see the Raeburn House Hotel being revived, but would the two new proposal connect operationally and architecturally?
SAndals
#2 Posted by SAndals on 11 May 2012 at 11:29 AM
The saga continues....two different MLA schemes there, UR?
Interesting to see the application go in in the current proposals. The development as a whole has some fundemental issues which the Club need to address to have support from their governing body.
urbanrealm
#3 Posted by urbanrealm on 11 May 2012 at 11:41 AM
I'm assured by the Club that the images on the website specially set up for the development (www.raeburnplace.com) show the concepts which are being used at the public drop in meetings.
SAndals
#4 Posted by SAndals on 12 May 2012 at 09:08 AM
I think your lower image reflects the current proposals for an L-shaped development, while the upper one is a superseded design which extended the RHH and provided a new, separate Clubhouse for Accies.
I note their design statement acknowledges the reduction in pitches with the proposals. There is the potential issue with the development on existing playing pitches, not the architecture - which I'm sure MLA would deliver to their usual high standard.

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