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Celebrating the start of construction

A ground breaking milestone for Edinburgh Innovation Hub

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Christine Kiltie


25 March 2024

Construction for the Edinburgh Innovation Hub, a joint venture between Queen Margaret University and East Lothian Council, gets off the ground.

The site of the future ‘Edinburgh Innovation Hub’ was marked in a ground breaking ceremony as construction starts for what will be a nationally significant centre for innovation driven business growth. 

Oberlanders lead Partner, Steve Charman, Lead Project Architect, Gillian Mourier and Architect Cristina Alvarez recently joined representatives from Queen Margaret University and East Lothian Council for the ceremony led by Donald Cameron, UK Government Minister for Scotland and Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade.  

The flagship development, as part of Edinburgh and the Southeast’s Scotland City Region Deal, has an ambition to deliver a flexible space for research, industry and academia in one place, to capture, support and grow innovation-led enterprise across Edinburgh and East Lothian. 

The approach to the design of the development focuses on creating an inclusive, holistic and collaborative environment, seeing laboratory, office and events space working together to encourage informal interactions around an inspiring community of people and businesses. 

The Hub was granted planning permission last September and is expected to be completed in 2025. 

Read more about the project here.

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It’s a real joy to be involved in a project that’s of national significance for multiple sectors including science and innovation. We’re part of a fantastic team that’s on track to bring a first class project vision to life.

Steve Charman


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