The third phase

The building of Roslin Innovation Centre is a key component of the overall Master Plan for Easter Bush, produced in 2008, and forms an integral part of the significant investment being made by the University of Edinburgh in the Campus. 

The Campus has outline planning approval for multiple buildings and development is strongly supported by Midlothian Council, which has adopted an Animal Biosciences policy. In order to achieve the vision for the Easter Bush Campus, the 20-year Master Plan will be progressed in a number of staged developments. 

The first phase of Campus development was completed at the end of 2012, providing facilities for clinical, teaching and research. In addition, investment was also made in the Campus environment and infrastructure.

The second phase of development was completed at the end of 2014 with two projects linked to the National Avian Research Facility (NARF).

Roslin Innovation Centre is the third phase of development, which commenced in March 2015, alongside further Campus infrastructure including an Energy Centre both scheduled to complete in the summer of 2017.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal planting a tree

The University's Easter Bush Campus was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University, in September 2011. 

The Chancellor marked a new era for Easter Bush with the planting of a tree at the site, prior to construction of the Roslin Innovation Centre commencing in February 2015. This marked the beginning of the third phase of development for the Campus.

The development of the new Roslin Innovation Centre will provide incubator opportunities within a dynamic working environment offering world-class facilities, equipped with the latest technologies.

During the development phase, ‘pop-up incubator’ space is available onsite at the Sir Alexander Robertson Building.

Team working in the lab

Nearby, the Roslin BioCentre, operating since 1999, has an excellent track record of growth and development of early stage companies. 

The science park has an unrivalled ability to cater for the needs of both office and lab-based organisations by providing flexible and affordable accommodation. Although the Roslin BioCentre regularly runs at full occupancy, facilities may be available during the transition period.

We are co-located with the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, which has a long history as one of the best medical institutions in the world, and the UK’s most powerful, top-ranking institution for agricultural and veterinary research (Research Excellence Framework 2014) with world-class treatment and state-of-the-art facilities at: 

  1. The Roslin Institute - creators of Dolly the Sheep - a world leader in research in livestock genetics, animal health and biotechnology (including Dryden farm with large animal research facilities)
  2. Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies - “Home of Veterinary Medicine” and world leader in training the next generation of vets - including Langhill Dairy Farm for training and research 
  3. Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) Research Division - dynamic and innovative research focused on rural, environmental and land-based activity 
  4. Riddell-Swan Veterinary Cancer Centre - Europe's leading Veterinary Oncology Centre 
  5. National Avian Research Facility (NARF) - including conventional, transgenic chicken and specific pathogen free facilities
  6. Small Animals Hospital, Farm Animal Practice and Equine Hospital - including fully equipped intensive care unit

Map of the Roslin Innovation Centre and Campus