News release

Heriot-Watt University set to relaunch Edinburgh Research Park

The university delivers pioneering research from its campuses in UK, Dubai and Malaysia

October 07, 2021

Eleanor Parry

UK Communications Manager

Heriot-Watt University has appointed leading commercial property consultants JLL to relaunch Heriot-Watt Research Park in Edinburgh, providing a platform from which to support the University’s significant investment into research and innovation.

The University is globally recognised for specialising in robotics, AI and engineering, with campuses in Dubai, Malaysia and closer to home in Orkney and Galashiels , with Heriot-Watt Research Park sitting adjacent to the main campus in west Edinburgh. The University’s standing is reflected by the new National Robotarium which has received £22.4m of funding from the City Deal which is presently under construction and is due to complete in Spring 2022.

Heriot-Watt University, celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2021, has a strategy to build flourishing communities, excel in research and enterprise, pioneer in education and through its existing campuses be a globally connected University. In achieving all of this, the University is also driving towards being carbon neutral through its own research and operation.

Cameron Stott, Lead Director – Edinburgh, JLL, said: “The timing of this relaunch could not be better. There is significant focus in this sector from some of the main leading technology, manufacturing and science-led companies supported by financial institutions. The combination of both Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University’s international reputations makes for an incredible opportunity for businesses based at the Research Park.” 

Chris Walters, Head of UK Innovation and Life Sciences, JLL, added: “Scotland and specifically the Edinburgh market is an established cluster for innovation where Heriot-Watt University can partner and collaborate with industry to drive forward its own research. With our national and international coverage we hope to attract a variety of occupiers and developers, which will benefit the local economy with inward investment and job creation”. 

Lynda Johnstone, Director of Estates and Facilities at Heriot-Watt University, said: “2021 is a hugely significant for the University with it marking 200 years since our founding roots took hold in Scotland. This milestone provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our past and also look to the future.

“The relaunch of the Research Park, in partnership with JLL, plays an important role in this future vision and underlines our commitment to invest in research, innovation and enterprise.

“Beyond our campus borders, the Research Park is recognised internationally as a centre for high calibre science and engineering research. This includes the National Robotarium, which is currently under construction and is the largest and most advanced facility of its type anywhere in the UK.”

About JLL

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