Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre, Easter Bush, Midlothian

Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre, Easter Bush, Midlothian

The Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre was officially opened on the 6th June 2019 by Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  

In collaboration with an experienced design team, Oberlanders were commissioned by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) in partnership with the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), Innovate UK and the Scottish Funding Council’s Financial Transactions Programme, to design the research facility.

As the UK’s largest facility dedicated to improving avian nutrition, health and welfare the Centre will trial innovative studies under near-commercial conditions with the intention of helping to bridge the gap between research and poultry businesses. Located at Easter Bush on a ‘brown field’ site in close proximity to the Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the associated University of Edinburgh’s complementary research facilities, the aspiration is to foster active collaboration and world-leading research with a view to benefiting agricultural food safety and security, animal health and welfare, public health and also environmental impact/climate change.

Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC “The Allermuir Avian Innovation and Skills Centre will be of huge benefit to Scotland, the United Kingdom and globally. The people and facilities based here will help attract research investment from across the world“.