The ‘gem’ of The University of Edinburgh, the Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences, has been granted planning permission to commence construction in July 2021.
The new institute, to be located at the heart of the University of Edinburgh BioQuarter, will primarily offer workplaces facilitating innovative research for both Usher users and commercial partners. Additional amenity spaces distributed throughout the new building’s four occupied floors will further encourage collaboration and public engagement including ground floor events and innovation spaces, café, meeting rooms (both shared and dedicated), informal breakout zones, and winter gardens.
Ongoing global limitations have demonstrated that remote working is often feasible, and reinforces the University’s goal to create a building with a shifting emphasis towards collaborative work and the spaces required to support it. The Usher Institute will be a place people want to work, and will provide a flexible environment to deliver innovative research both now and in the future.