Construction of our Usher building project at Edinburgh BioQuarter has reached its highest point. Due to open in 2024, the world-class research and teaching facility will accelerate data-driven innovation within the health and care sector.
This week we were pleased to host The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Councillor Robert Aldridge, along with representatives from across the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh BioQuarter, to celebrate the topping out of the building.
The new building will join a growing health innovation ecosystem across the Edinburgh and South East Scotland region. Once open, it will bring together over 900 researchers, health and care providers, and industry partners focused on transforming the delivery of health and social care.
Building on existing expertise and interdisciplinary research within the Usher Institute, the project will accelerate new public, private and third sector partnerships to discover, develop and deploy data-driven solutions to address the most pressing issues in health and social care. Development of the building will also bring additional benefits to the local community, with a dedicated open space for community connections, support and inspiration for STEM and innovation life-long learning and employment and by being a good neighbour.
We're proud to reach this milestone in the project and to be delivering a building that will support the health and social care sector, not only in Scotland but worldwide.
Chris Boyle, Framework Director at McL&H said, “McLaughlin & Harvey are delighted to be working with the University of Edinburgh and the Usher Institute on what will become a world-leading research facility. It is great to see the building reaching this key stage and we look forward to playing our role in delivering a landmark project to aid in this vital research.”
Lord Provost Robert Aldridge added, “Collaboration is at the core of our data-driven vision for the new building, bringing together outstanding academic and clinical expertise within the Usher Institute, alongside companies and health and social care providers. Working together, we hope to find solutions to some of the biggest health challenges facing our country, delivering better health and care for those in the region and across Scotland.”
Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh, Director at the Usher Institute said,“The Usher Institute will deliver unrivalled health and social care data opportunities and is designed to reflect the collaborative nature of the institute and our community of world-leading health and life sciences innovators. This groundbreaking development will support the wider ambitions to make Edinburgh the data capital of Europe and supports our vision to create a Health Innovation District that will ensure Edinburgh is a leading global destination for pioneering health innovation and enterprise. Delivering many benefits for people and patients, locally, nationally and internationally.”