Project Description

FP McCann Terracing, Stairs & Floors installed on the redevelopment of Scotland’s oldest rugby ground

Status: Completed

Location: Raeburn Place

Division: Flooring, Specialist Precast

Main Contractor: Robertson Central East

Market Sector: Recreation

Architect: Michael Laird Architects


A brand new 2,500 seat sports stand is nearing completion in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. The stand is part of a major redevelopment in Raeburn Place, the location of Scotland’s oldest rugby ground and the home of The Edinburgh Academical Football Club. Once complete, the historical site, which held the world’s first rugby international in 1871, will also comprise training facilities, a museum of international rugby and nine new retail outlets.

FP McCann is playing a major part in the construction by supplying the precast concrete terracing units onto which the spectator seating will be located. The contract to build the retail outlets and the stadium was awarded to infrastructure and construction company Robertson Central East early in 2019 by The Raeburn Place Foundation, the charity responsible for the development.FP McCann successfully tendered for the supply of precast concrete terracing and complementary structural units and has worked alongside the Robertson team throughout the build ensuring all product specifications and delivery schedules have been met.

In total, FP McCann has supplied in excess of 200 individual precast concrete units comprising mainly straight terrace seating units, base slabs, and double step blocks. Additional items include precast vomitory and tunnel walls, precast concrete stairs flights and landings and 200mm deep hollowcore flooring slabs. All products have been manufactured at the company’s specialist precast facility at Uddingston.

For further protection from the elements, all of the precast concrete products supplied have been waterproofed using the Sika Watertight Concrete System, an admixture designed to permanently seal the concrete against the penetration of water and other liquids.

David Coll, Robertson’s Project Manager says, “As principal contractor, it is very rewarding to be involved in such a prestigious scheme at the original home of Scottish international rugby. The structural contribution that FP McCann’s precast concrete products have made can be clearly seen around the stand.”