Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data  © Crown copyright, All rights reserved. 2009 Licence number 0100031673

Reproduced from Ordnance Survey digital map data © Crown copyright, All rights reserved. 2009 Licence number 0100031673

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Scotlands National Showground

Ingliston, Edinburgh, Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS)

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) was 225 years old in 2009 and established a permanent exhibition venue and headquarters at Ingliston, Edinburgh over 50 years ago. To continue this history of success and national presence, OPEN was brought on board to lead the design of this masterplan and manage a team of consultants to work with RHASS on establishing a vision for the next 20-years.

The aim for RHASS is to become the UK’s leading indoor and outdoor exhibition venue, with world class facilities capable of accommodating two million people on an annual basis. The plans focus around the creation of a high quality multi-purpose site which secures RHASS’s future and makes Ingliston the natural gateway to Scotland.

The 133ha site offers an opportunity to take a meaningful, design led approach to planning new development and rationalising existing operations, especially for such a key site adjacent to an international airport and on the urban fringe of Scotlands capital city. The main design aim is to create a strong and identifiable EVENT landscape, which creates a distinctive PLACE. The proposal includes over 50,000sqm of new exhibition facilities as well as office accommodation aimed at the renewable energy sector, hotels, and a Food Centre of Excellence. The rationalised proposals have a total of 100,000sqm of development, including diversified land uses which now have planning permission. On behalf of RHASS, OPEN is currently evaluating developer partner proposals for mixed uses on new development plots.