Building warrant granted for construction of ‘mini-Murrayfield’

Edinburgh plan to start playing their home games at the custom-built, 7,800-seater venue at the start of the 2020-21 season

An artist's impression of the venue Edinburgh and the SRU propose to build on the back pitches at Murrayfield ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season
An artist's impression of the venue Edinburgh and the SRU propose to build on the back pitches at Murrayfield

EDINBURGH RUGBY have taken a step closer to finally getting their own, custom-built, 7,8000-seater home venue on the back pitches of Murrayfield, with the long-awaited building warrant for the project finally being granted by the local council

Construction of the new stadium will begin in ‘Autumn of this year’, with a view to it being ready for the club to move in at the beginning of the 2020-21 season. Until then, Richard Cockerill‘s team will continue to play home fixtures on the main international pitch at Murrayfield for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.

Plans for the venue were first unveiled in May 2018 with the aim of it being full functional at the stat of the 2019-20 season, but progress stalled after planning permission was approved,, with the granting of a building warrant for the project being the major issue. “I am growing grey hairs as a result of the time it is taking to work through some of the red tape in this city,” SRU chief operating officer Dominic McKay told reporters in June.

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Edinburgh Rugby Managing Director, Douglas Struth, welcomed the news that things are finally moving again in the right direction.

“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,” he said. “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.

“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.”

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  1. Re the awarding of building warrant for the new home of Edinburgh Rugby. All the impressions I have seen show the pitch built on an East-West axis. Most of Edinburgh’s pitches are on a North – South axis. Those who have experience of Biggar, Musselburgh, Lasswade, etc will know the influence of the prevailing winds.

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