Design team appointed to deliver Edinburgh Innovation Center

A design team led by Oberlanders Architects has been appointed to advance the delivery of an Innovation Center on land adjacent to Queen Margaret University in East Lothian.

The Edinburgh Innovation Hub is part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal, a £1.3 billion regional investment scheme funded by the UK and Scottish governments and regional partners including East Lothian Council.

The City Deal committee approved the plan in June 2021, with the Hub being funded by £28.6m from the UK government, £1.4m from the Scottish government and £10m from East Lothian Council.

The objective of the Hub is to focus on innovation related to food and beverages in the context of health and well-being. The hub will include equipped labs and offices as well as event facilities.

The hub will also serve as an anchor for the wider Edinburgh Innovation Park (EIP), which will be developed over time to create a center of national significance for knowledge exchange, innovation and growth of high value-added businesses.

Construction of the Edinburgh Innovation Center will begin in the summer of 2023 and be completed in 2025.

Following an open procurement process, Edinburgh-based Oberlanders Architects will be the lead architects and designers for the project. WSP was named Mechanical and Electrical Services Engineer, while Civic Engineers was named Structural, Civil and Transportation Engineer. The project and cost manager is Currie & Brown.

Steve Charman, Partner at Oberlanders Architects, said, “This is an incredible opportunity to provide a world-class facility to drive innovation and collaboration across the food, beverage and science industries. health. The new Innovation Hub will be a unique and valuable addition to the science and innovation sector of Edinburgh and Lothians. »

Jack Devlin, Director of WSP, said: “WSP is delighted to have been appointed to work with Queen Margaret University and East Lothian Council to provide construction, sustainability, fire engineering and acoustic design services. . The quality of spaces to inspire science will be paramount.

“Our team looks forward to working closely with everyone on the project to seamlessly integrate sustainable MEP design into the architecture. This will help create a personalized, adaptable and inspiring space, which will not only facilitate discovery, but will also help QMU attract top talent.

Isla Jackson, Director of Civic Engineers, said: “We are truly delighted to be named to the design team as civil, structural and transportation engineers for this impressive project which will bring tremendous benefits to all those who live, work and visit the region. .

“We believe that all of our engineering should have a positive impact on the environment and enable people to lead happier, healthier lives. There is no doubt that this project aims to achieve all of these things and we look forward to playing our part to help make it happen.

Norman Hampshire, Leader of East Lothian Council, said: “The appointment of the design team is an important milestone. This is a very exciting project, with great potential, as it will build on East Lothian’s title of Scottish food and drink county and help us to properly support research, innovation and growth in this important sector.

“As we enter the pandemic recovery phase and look to the future, this is a tremendous opportunity for East Lothian as this will be a project that can provide a boost in terms of jobs, skills and business development. I look forward to seeing the work of the preliminary design team progress.

Sir Paul Grice, Principal of Queen Margaret University, said: “The appointment of the Hub design team represents the achievement of another major milestone in the creation of Edinburgh Innovation Park.

“The Hub will significantly increase the capacity for research, innovation and growth in the food and beverage sector, helping us do more and more to support existing and new businesses, creating sustainable jobs and a economic growth.”

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