Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has secured a framework contract extension valued at £10 million to erect the 8,800-seater grandstands over the next five years for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the world’s best-known military events.

 Interserve has been responsible for building, dismantling and storing the spectator seating since 2013. 

Construction of the complex steel frame grandstands on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle is, however, only one part of the fast track 22-week programme of works, which this year began at the beginning of May. In addition, Interserve will continue to manage three other key areas: the transportation and logistics of the grandstand elements from nearby Livingston where they are stored when not in use; the facilities management requirements of concerts in the run-up to the main Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and those of the event itself; and the dismantling of the grandstand and its transportation back to its storage space.

Martin Smith, Divisional Director of Interserve said:

“The continuation of our work on this highly prestigious project is great news for Interserve both in Scotland and nationally, demonstrating the breadth of our expertise. We’re very proud to be associated with such a fine Scottish tradition.”

The contract showcases Interserve’s logistics expertise, since some 800 trucks are involved in making sure the right materials arrive on site at the right time during the construction and dismantling phases. With approximately 10,000 tourists per day visiting Edinburgh Castle, health and safety is absolutely paramount. The company therefore operates the fleet of trucks early in the mornings, before the castle opens to the public, in order to minimise disruption or risk to those visitors and ensure business as usual for all the castle’s neighbours.

Designed as a permanent steel trussed structure and formally passed by the local council when completed, the grandstand features aluminium seating and decking. Interserve carries out complex safety checks of the structure both once built and when dismantled. VIP and technical suites plus performer units in the form of cabins are also constructed by Interserve, together with approximately forty under-stand units including toilets and other facilities. As part of its contract, the company also provides facilities management services for the electrical and mechanical aspects of the run-up concerts and main event.

Doug Cook OBE, Head of Operations, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said:

“The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Ltd is delighted to have been able to extend Interserve’s contract for another five years. The company fully understands the unique challenges of this contract and our exacting requirements and has demonstrated an exemplar partnership approach. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a highlight of the wider Edinburgh Festival, and a very high-profile event, requiring a construction partner of the highest calibre.”

Interserve Press Office
Tel: 0118 932 0123,

 Karen Lewis or Peter Haddock
Edson Evers
Tel: 01785 255146 


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