Edinburgh grants permission for new rugby stadium

WCN Editorial Team 12 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The UK’s City of Edinburgh Council has granted permission for the construction of a new rugby stadium in the city.

The Building Warrant from the council will enable the construction of the rugby stadium, which will have a seating capacity of 7,800. It will be constructed on the back pitches of BT Murrayfield.

Edinburgh Rugby managing director Douglas Struth said: “While this has clearly been a difficult process and more drawn-out than we had envisaged, we are delighted to have now been granted a Building Warrant by The City of Edinburgh Council.

“This now allows us to move forward with what is clearly a pivotal and game-changing project for the club.

“I’d like to thank all those who continue to work proactively within the project as we now move into a build-phase, as well as The City of Edinburgh Council for concluding the Building Warrant process with us.

“I’d also like to thank the club’s supporters for their continued patience throughout this period and for buying Season Ticket Memberships in such numbers.”

Edinburgh Rugby, which had closely worked with Scottish Rugby and The City of Edinburgh Council over recent months, has confirmed the news.

Construction will begin later in 2019 and the stadium is aimed to be ready for the club play beginning from the 2020/21 season.

Until then, Edinburgh Rugby will continue to play home fixtures on the main international pitch at BT Murrayfield for the entirety of the 2019/20 season.

Douglas Struth said: “With Season Ticket Memberships having already hit a record high ahead of the 2019/20 season, coupled with today’s hugely positive news regarding the stadium, I believe this is a really exciting time to be an Edinburgh Rugby supporter and I would urge our fans to get behind the team over the coming season as we prepare to move into our new home.”

Edinburgh Rugby had received planning permission for the new stadium in September 2018, but the club continued working with the council to bring the Building Warrant process to a conclusion.

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Image: Artist’s impression of the new rugby stadium in Edinburgh. Photo: Courtesy of Edinburgh Rugby.

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