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Joint Venture Opportunities

The Vision

To Revolutionise Health and Well-being

Edinburgh BioQuarter is a leading global destination for healthcare delivery, groundbreaking medical research and medicine and life sciences innovation and entrepreneurship. Inspired by Edinburgh’s rich history of health and life sciences breakthroughs, all of the work undertaken here is informed by our vision: To be the place where great ideas thrive to revolutionise health and well-being, ultimately leading to improved treatments and patient care.


The Opportunity

Ambitious Growth Plans

Edinburgh BioQuarter has an exciting opportunity to participate as a development or investment partner in a world-leading health and life sciences development. Four powerful partners back the development of Edinburgh BioQuarter’s 65 hectare site. The City of Edinburgh Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh. Site occupiers include industry leaders, such as: MRC, GSK, HDR UK, Janssen, LifeArc and many more

  • Occupier returns are available from a range of commercial, academic and clinical facilities
  • 40 hectares of development land
  • 400,000 sq metres of development land
  • £1bn capital investment programme underway
  • Mixed use – offices, residential, student, hotel, health and well-being and primary school.
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Location and Connectivity

A Great Place to Live and Work

Edinburgh presents one of the most attractive locations in the UK. Scotland’s capital has recently been named top city for inward investment by global consultancy Arcadis. And when it comes to inward investment, Scotland is second only to London in attracting venture finance for life sciences companies.

  • Edinburgh boasts a roll call of four universities, 15,000 new graduates per year
  • A global reputation for innovation in life sciences.
  • Edinburgh has high new business success rates. Both start-ups and established enterprises thrive in Edinburgh.
  • Great transport links and access to business support, the capital topped the covered Startups Cities Index in 2017.
An inspiring Capital


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Capitalising on Innovation

The Masterplan

Partners aspire to create a new urban quarter, based on a 40-hectare site, and offering accommodation for academic, commercial and healthcare activities. Opportunities include:

  • Additional commercial and mixed-use space
  • A District Energy Network
  • Investment in company growth and commercialisation activity
  • Further development to expand the commercial accommodation already on site; residential, hotels and multi-storey car parks
  • Research and Development jobs growth
  • Residential and student residential requirements.

Planned Developments

There are a numerous opportunities to invest across Edinburgh BioQuarter. Partners have developed a robust financial model and masterplan which primarily focuses on the serviced development land adjacent to the existing Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Royal Hospital for Children and Young People. Planned developments over the next five years includes:

  • NHS Lothian’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (opening 2019)
  • NHS Lothian’s Department of Clinical Neurosciences (opening 2019)
  • New University of Edinburgh Institute for Regeneration and Repair (IRR) Building (opening late 2022/2023)
  • New University of Ediburgh Medical School with an additional 3,000 students (in planning)
  • New NHS Lothian Eye Pavilion Hospital with circa. 80,000 outpatients per year (in planning)
  • New Usher building will co-locate the Usher Institute with a community of partners (opening 2024)

Investment to Date

BioQuarter is already home to prestigious organisations and institutions including the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, key award winning, University of Edinburgh research institutes and ambitious life sciences companies developing innovative products and services. From 100 acres of farmland to a leading destination for health, life sciences and academia. Current facilities at BioQuarter, include:

  • Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • Queen’s Medical Research Institute
  • University of Edinburgh Medical School
  • Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • NINE: Health Innovation Centre



A Remarkable Opportunity to Invest

Join a formidable partnership in delivering the UK’s largest single-development focussed on life sciences and healthcare. With world-leading offerings in health informatics and big data, research and development opportunities, clinical trials capabilities and health care teaching and delivery.

BioQuarter’s aim is to be the place where great ideas thrive to revolutionise health and wellbeing. And where life sciences innovators, entrepreneurs and investors flock.

The Future of Healthcare is Here.

Mark Jones


Cushman and Wakefield

Mark is a qualified MRICS Chartered Surveyor, Member of the British Council for Offices, 25+ years experience in the Scottish commercial property market.

Richard Collins


Cushman and Wakefield

Richard is Global Lead for Education & Innovation consultancy covering: university sector demand, feasibility, business planning, funding and implementation advice; science, technology and medi campuses/innovation centres; student residential demand; and international university and school ventures.


Invested in
new facilities,
with future plans
for a further £800m

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