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Edinburgh BioQuarter plans £750m expansion

Words: Laura Edgar
Vision for expanding Edinburgh BioQuarter / Edinburgh BioQuarter

Images have been released of the planned transformation of Edinburgh BioQuarter, which aims to create a new mixed-use neighbourhood.

The £750 million transformation would support a community of more than 20,000 people, according to Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Plans include the creation of Edinburgh’s Health Innovation District, alongside a long-term intention to deliver housing on the site, which is three miles south of the Scottish capital’s city centre.

In addition, the development would deliver more space for research and healthcare innovation, commercial use, hotel, gym, and retail and leisure. The organisation estimates that the expansion would support 9,000 new jobs as well as construction jobs.

Edinburgh BioQuarter has 8,000 people currently working and studying on site at Edinburgh Medical School and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

A statement on BioQuarter's website explained that the organisation is developing a masterplan and placemaking strategy and intends to seek a joint venture partner through a formal OJEU process to accelerate developments.

Hugh Edmiston, chair of Edinburgh BioQuarter strategy board, said: “This is the start of an exciting journey in the next chapter of Edinburgh BioQuarter’s development. As we move ahead, we want to ensure that we involve our staff, students and the local communities in this long-term vision.

“The opportunities here are vast and, once realised, can deliver significant and long-lasting economic and social benefits for Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond.”

Interim programme director Anna Stamp added: “By developing at scale and at pace together with a private sector partner we will accelerate solutions to global health challenges.

“It is vital that BioQuarter develops as a welcome and accessible place for those who live around it, as well as those who work or study here. We can do this by fostering an inclusive environment which promotes wellbeing to create a welcoming place where people live, learn, work, play, relax and discover as part of Edinburgh’s Health Innovation District.”

BioQuarter’s partners are the City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh. They have already invested over £500 million in the existing site, and plan to invest another £300 million over the next five years through pipeline projects.

Image credit | Edinburgh BioQuarter