THE look of Raeburn Place in Stockbridge is to change dramatically in coming years, after the council approved plans for an £8 million stadium development.
Work is set to start on the revamp of Edinburgh Accies’ historic home in Stockbridge at the start of next year, which will see the country’s oldest rugby club transformed into a state-of-the-art hub boasting a 5000-capacity stadium, new clubhouse, function suite and museum.
It will be the latest addition to the bustling shopping area which, as these pictures show, has always been the heart of the local community. The old shopping street was the place to be back in the 1960s, boasting some of the Capital’s most stylish boutique stores.
In 1966 veteran broadcaster David Frost took his bat to the Raeburn Place cricket ground, during his visit to the Capital for his theatre show “An Evening With David Frost”, filmed at the palladium Theatre and at the time one of the biggest box-offices successes seen in the city.
The street has managed to maintain its identity over the years, despite the changing shop fronts, seeing many of the traditional family brands replaced with more familiar national names. But local residents have always been willing to fight their corner over any new development likely to change the nature of the area.
The listed Raeburn House hotel was one of the area’s most popular watering holes, but its closure in 2007 – linked to previous plans for the redevelopment of the rugby ground – led to it falling into disrepair and eventually winding up on the city’s buildings at risk register.
While many are concerned about the impact of the new development, it is to be hoped that it will breathe new life into the area.