Edinburgh Rugby can start work on construction of a purpose-built 7,800 capacity stadium on the back pitches of BT Murrayfield, after The City of Edinburgh Council granted a building warrant.
Edinburgh has worked closely with both Scottish Rugby and the City of Edinburgh Council over recent months on the detail of the plans.
This outcome allows construction on the stadium to start in autumn this year, with a view to it being ready for the club to play in its new home from the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
Until then, the club will continue to play home fixtures on the main international pitch at BT Murrayfield for the entirety of the 2019/20 season whilst the stadium is constructed.
Four stands approximately 8.6m high will be built around a new synthetic 3G surface on Murrayfield’s back pitches.
The existing six 18m tall floodlights will be replaced with four 25m high floodlights.
Part of the north stand will be assigned for accessible use and will have ramped access.
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.