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A new state-of-the-art temporary stadium enhances the experience for spectators at the world-renowned Edinburgh Tattoo.

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General Information

A new purpose-built temporary stadium provides audiences at the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with a full range of modern facilities.

The 8,600-seat stadium transforms Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade into an intimate venue for the more than 200,000 spectators who watch the event live. The steel-framed structure is designed to be quicker to erect and dismantle than the previous stands and provides improved access, comfort and sightlines.

Fast facts

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
2009 - Present
Sport & Leisure

We worked with our specialist project partner Nussli Switzerland to develop the design for the temporary event grandstands.

A full-scale mock-up of a stand section was built to determine the optimum method of construction and in-depth analysis undertaken to ensure the stadium could be erected in the required timeframe.

The 1,000 tonne steel framed structure is configured to accommodate a number of permanent monuments, one of which was relocated under an operation which involved extending a section of the esplanade’s retaining wall.

With the site officially classed as a monument, the project team worked closely with Historic Scotland to achieve permissions for all works carried out and ensure access for the agency’s staff was maintained.

“The new stands are a triumph of Scottish investment, enterprise and engineering. The team of contractors led by Sir Robert McAlpine working with Nussli and RIM from Aberdeen have done a stunning job in bringing it all together. We are so proud of what has been achieved.” Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer Brigadier David Allfrey