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New funding drive launched for Edinburgh rugby ground revamp

CGI of redevelopment of Raeburn Place Image copyright Martin Laird Architects
Image caption The project includes a new stand with seating for 2,500 spectators

The charity behind plans to redevelop Scotland's oldest rugby ground has launched a new fundraising drive after falling short of the amount required to start the project.

The Raeburn Place Foundation (RPF) had hoped to start building new facilities at the home of The Edinburgh Academicals this summer.

But it is still £4m short of the £7.7m needed to begin the redevelopment.

A new start date has been set for next May.

RPF has appointed third sector consultancy Bruce Tait Associates (BTA) to lead its fundraising efforts on an interim basis.

RPF chairman David Newlands said: "They are recognised leaders in the field of capital fundraising programmes and they will lead the fundraising efforts with immediate effect, while simultaneously recruiting a full-time capital campaign director for our fundraising programme.

"This will ensure we don't lose momentum in the short term and that we have time to consider and make the right appointment for the medium term."

'Good progress'

He added: "The fundraising programme for the redevelopment of Raeburn Place has raised more than £3m so far.

"We have made good progress, but unfortunately not enough to enable us to start the works this summer, as we had originally planned."

Abeer Macintyre, for Bruce Tait Associates, said: "I am confident we can accelerate the good progress achieved to date and support the drive to get the redevelopment work underway next May as planned."

The project includes a new stand with seating for 2,500 spectators, a rugby museum and shops in Raeburn Place.

The ground hosted the world's first rugby international in 1871.

The first Calcutta Cup match between Scotland and England was also held there in 1879.

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