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Edinburgh Technopole : Architecture

Bush House : Grosvenor + University of Edinburgh

18 Jan 2006


£100m south Edinburgh Science & Technology Park and bio-manufacturing facility

Technopole Facelift – May 2005 Buildings Update

Bush House – with work by the Adam Brothers – £1.3m refurbishment, part funded by ERDF and major contribution by Grosvenor, who, along with the University of Edinburgh, are joint owners of Edinburgh Technopole; also on the site are Reaich and Hall Architects’ £4m speculative offices

Fleming Building – 18 Jan 2006

Edinburgh Technopole Celebrates Pioneering Legacy of Sir Alexander Fleming

Edinburgh News
Fleming Building image provided 180106 by Edinburgh Technopole

The historic association between Sir Alexander Fleming and the University of Edinburgh is to be celebrated at Edinburgh Technopole, the world-class science park jointly developed by the University and property company Grosvenor.

The park’s latest state-of-the-art building is to be named in honour of the world-renowned inventor of penicillin, who served as the Rector of the University from 1951-1954.

Now available for occupation, the Fleming Building offers 36,000 sq ft of high-quality office and laboratory space and will be officially unveiled in early February. It is the latest high profile addition to the Edinburgh Technopole which last year saw two of the world’s fastest supercomputers locate there, together with Xilinx, a global leader in the semiconductor industry.

Professor Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh says: “We felt it was fitting to name our latest building after Sir Alexander Fleming, both to celebrate his association with the University but also to recognise his spirit of pioneering change and scientific advancement.

“This is very much the ethos of Edinburgh Technopole today. As the University’s science park, Edinburgh Technopole represents the cutting edge of commercial innovation and pioneering research and development.”

Built as a speculative development the Fleming building is designed around a central core. The building itself can be subdivided into self-contained wings which can be occupied separately or as a single integrated facility.

Grosvenor will provide fit-out packages either to high quality office or laboratory standard, offering a range of features such as diverse ventilation options and high-speed broadband capabilities with cheapest broadband and phone connections.

Ian Murphy, Director, Edinburgh Technopole adds: “The completion of the Fleming Building hails the next stage in Edinburgh Technolpole as a dynamic environment and outstanding place to work, as well as being a world-leading facility for science and technology innovation.

“We are already witnessing the success and growth amongst current occupiers and now have tenants at Technopole that are global forces across a range of industries and sectors. We are confident the Fleming Building will attract the same high calibre of company.

“Moreover, the Fleming Building will continue to strengthen Technopole’s reputation as a leading facility for fostering scientific and technological innovation. It is an outstanding example of how a partnership between a successful property developer like Grosvenor and the University of Edinburgh, with its record of pioneering scientific research and commercial success, can contribute to the successful future for Scotland’s science and technology sector.”

Sir Alexander Fleming’s association with the University of Edinburgh and Scotland will be recognised when the building officially opens in the New Year. Fleming was born in Ayrshire in 1881 and never lost his connection with his country of birth. The Cameron Prize in Practical Therapeutics was awarded to Fleming by the University of Edinburgh in 1945, the same year he received the Nobel Prize.

During his time as Rector of the University, he bequeathed an original penicillin mould to the Student Representative Council which still forms part of the university’s Special Collections.

Also by Grosvenor in East of Scotland: Fife Leisure Park

Edinburgh Property

Edinburgh Technopole – PR Apr 2006
Bush House Welcomes New Technology Companies
Business is Booming at Technopole’s Historic Centrepiece

Less than two months since it reopened following a £2 million facelift, Bush House, the historic centrepiece of Edinburgh Technopole has successfully attracted four new tenants – with another three in the process of signing lease agreements.

The 250-year-old former stately home now offers 12,500 sq ft of high quality office space and conference facilities. It lies at the heart of Edinburgh Technopole, the world-class science park jointly developed by the University of Edinburgh and property company Grosvenor.

With the growing reputation of Edinburgh Technopole as a world-leading centre for excellence in scientific and technological innovation, Bush House is successfully attracting niche companies from throughout the software and technology sectors.

Amongst the new companies that have relocated to Bush House is Coeval, who specialise in designing electronic signage. The company now runs its development and manufacturing plant in Scotland from Bush House, providing innovative solutions for traffic control and road safety organisations around the world.

Nick Sharp, MD of Coeval, says: “Coeval is growing and developing as a company and Bush House, as part of Edinburgh Technopole, very much fits our profile and aspirations. We needed more office space and Bush House is ideal in terms of facilities and easy access to other locations, added to that we work in a beautiful setting.”

Also moving to Bush House is ‘3MRT’, who are rapidly becoming one of the world’s leading specialists in computer-based accelerated learning.

It has located its new Scottish development centre, in the 18th Century ‘Clocktower’ building at Bush House, The location complements its existing offices in Dundee, Bangalore and Boston. The company has customers from a range of sectors including education, finance, healthcare and government.

Euan Mackenzie, CEO of 3MRT says of the move: “Bush House and the surrounding area is an inspirational location. Our growing Edinburgh development team chose it over a city centre location. Edinburgh also provides us with access to a huge pool of talented graduate and experienced software engineers, essential to our continued growth and success.”

Other recent moves to Bush House include Wish Software who specialise in data processing and chart production for cabling and pipe lines in diverse hydrographic survey fields. Rosebery Chartered Accountants also moved into Bush House in February.

Judith Sanderson, Park Manager at Edinburgh Technopole, says interest in Bush House gained momentum as the renovation was taking place and has continued in force since it reopened in February.

“Bush House is the perfect space for small companies with the range of facilities that we offer,” she says. “Accommodation is offered to tenants at a fixed price which includes rent, rates, utilities, office furniture and broadband connections. They can take advantage of additional services on a pay as you go basis such as secretarial support, meeting room hire and catering.

“This means that smaller companies can focus on growing their business without the hassle of having to deal with utility companies, maintenance and the expense of having meeting room facilities. “

She adds: “There has also been interest in the conference and meeting facilities offered by Bush House – including bookings from government and education departments and local and national charities.”

Bush House offers 12,500 sq ft of high quality office space with 18 rooms available from single work stations to rooms for up to seven people. There are five meeting and conference rooms fully equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment.

Links are also available with Grosvenor’s service facility in London’s West End, allowing companies to create a virtual London office from their office-base in Bush House.

27 April 2006: Issued on behalf of Edinburgh Technopole by Weber Shandwick

Grosvenor in Scotland
Grosvenor has an established presence in Scotland, having a dedicated office in Edinburgh for more than 20 years. Grosvenor is the main development partner for Holyrood Park House (& Fife Leisure Park); Grosvenor has key partnership roles in the Pacific Quaydevelopment in Glasgow and of course Edinburgh Technopole, south of Edinburgh.


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