Edinburgh BioQuarter’s new multi occupancy building completes on schedule

Work on Scottish Enterprise’s £24 million bio-incubator and multi occupancy building, known as Nine, The BioQuarter, has been completed to shell and core condition.

Design and construction of Nine, The BioQuarter started in June 2010 with a visit to the site by Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

Nine, The BioQuarter is an integral part of Edinburgh BioQuarter’s plan to combine Edinburgh’s reputation for clinical and academic excellence with commercial facilities for new companies, growth companies and established leaders in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. Edinburgh BioQuarter is one of Scotland’s flagship life sciences initiatives which brings together world leading research capabilities, an 870-bed teaching hospital and a world-leading clinical imaging centre at Little France on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Nine, the BioQuarter will offer office space and laboratories fitted out to category two standard for growing companies and new spin-outs from Edinburgh BioQuarter’s research and clinical assets. The ground floor will also provide support facilities for tenants, including shared incubator facilities, meeting rooms and a café. Fit out of the ground floor will commence in early September and will be completed early next year.

Two further floors of accommodation for laboratory and/or office fit-out are available to let immediately to life science companies seeking to take advantage of the wide range of world-class research on offer, either through partnerships, collaborations or joint ventures with the University of Edinburgh and researchers at NHS Lothian.

Scottish Enterprise’s senior director for life sciences, Rhona Allison said: “As we reach the final stages of construction for this project, we’re positive about the significant development this building represents for Scotland’s entire life sciences sector.”

“Edinburgh BioQuarter shows how our support can create an environment for academics and clinicians to develop collaborative ventures with the private sector more effectively than ever before.”

Nine, the BioQuarter is adjacent to the University of Edinburgh’s Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the University’s Medical School and The Queens Medical Research Institute. Work on this building has been supported through a £12 million investment from the UK Strategic Investment Fund and matched funding of £12 million from Scottish Enterprise.

For further information on the Edinburgh BioQuarter and its property opportunities, please contact the following:

DTZ: James Thomson – tel: 0131 222 4545 or email: james.thomson@dtz.com
CBRE: Allan Matthews – tel: 0131 243 4153 or email: allan.matthews@cbre.com
Scottish Enterprise: Virginia Herriot – tel: 0131 313 6213 or email: virginia.herriot@scotent.co.uk
Edinburgh BioQuarter: James Wood – tel: 0131 242 9249 or email: james.wood@bioquarter.com

Notes to editors

About Nine, The BioQuarter: The 8,500 sq m bio-incubator and multi-occupancy building, designed and constructed by Michael Laird Architects, Sir Robert McAlpine, Arup, Faithful and Gould and Roberston Group is on schedule for its official opening in early 2012.

About Edinburgh BioQuarter: At the heart of Scottish life sciences, Edinburgh BioQuarter is a joint venture between Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc, the NHS, the University of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise. Edinburgh BioQuarter commercialises world-leading medical research and brings investors, ideas and companies together at the BioQuarter campus on the outskirts of Edinburgh. www.edinburghbioquarter.com

Contact Information

Julia McLaren

Engagement Partner

Scottish Enterprise

0300 013 3223

07801 794046