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Fri May 07 2021

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Bowmer & Kirkland selected for more than just a building job

11 May 17 Bowmer & Kirkland has won a £14m contract to build Heriot-Watt University's new Discovery and Innovation Centre on its Edinburgh campus.

Construction is scheduled to start in August on a site made vacant by old student residences. Bowmer & Kirkland is expected to complete by early 2019.

The new building, being designed by architect Sheppard Robson, is envisioned as a ‘discovery laboratory’, where students can design, explore and create devices and systems that have real-world applications, the university says.

“The Discovery and Innovation Centre is much more than just a building,” said Gillian Murray, deputy principal for enterprise and business. “It will change how we teach, learn and apply our spark and skills to solving global issues.”

She added: “Alongside the infrastructure development will be a new enterprise programme to build a strong entrepreneurial culture, in which students will be encouraged and supported to launch their own spin outs and start-ups. Heriot-Watt’s ambition is to be a world-leading institution that harnesses creativity, develops leaders that generate ground-breaking projects and creates entirely new industries and supply chains. The Discovery and Innovation Centre will put us in that sphere; that’s the scale of it.”

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