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Edinburgh Academical submit stadium plans

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


#1 Posted by James on 11 May 2012 at 11:17 AM
Great to see the Raeburn House Hotel being revived, but would the two new proposal connect operationally and architecturally?
#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.
#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 ( show the concepts which are being used at the public drop in meetings.
#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I think your lower image reflects the current proposals for an L-shaped development, while the upper one is a superseded design which extended the RHH and provided a new, separate Clubhouse for Accies.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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