New lab space planned for Scotland as sector investment reaches record high

Midlothian Science Zone

Lab space provider Pioneer Group has begun work on 20,000 square feet of purpose-built lab space at the company’s Edinburgh Technopole campus.

Branded Moubray, the new building will cater to all segments of the market – from start-ups to blue-chip companies – and is expected to be finished in August 2023. 

The site is situated close to the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, while the Edinburgh Technopole science park is already home to the likes of AMD, BioBest, Roslin CT, Cambrex and Almac.  

Edinburgh Technopole is a 126-acre life sciences campus comprising 10 buildings that provide 108,000 square feet of lab and office space. The site forms part of the Midlothian Science Zone, a world-leading centre of animal health and life sciences research. 

A recent report from Pioneer Group and JLL revealed that Scottish life science start-ups raised a record £253 million over the last five years. This was driven by large fundraises from BioCity Glasgow tenants, Amphista Therapeutics and Enterobiotix. 

John Mackenzie, Director (Scotland) at Pioneer Group, said: “Providing suitable accommodation for scale-ups is crucial. Modern biotechs have high standards for lab space and amenity, but crucially they demand proximity to leading institutions for collaboration and to support hiring the best and brightest talent. Our new Moubray building will be plugged into a world-leading ecosystem within Midlothian Science Zone.” 

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