Usher Institute

New Usher building

A new Usher building on the BioQuarter campus is under construction.

This new building will co-locate the Usher Institute with a community of partners from the public, private and third sectors - including small and medium-sized enterprises and health and care providers - working on the shared purpose of developing data-enabled solutions to benefit health and wellbeing.

Design for new Usher Building at BioQuarter

The building is due to open in 2024. The innovative design will foster collaboration and interaction, while preserving quiet spaces for focussed work. Members of the public will also be welcomed into the building to engage with and discover more about the work which is being undertaken through display space and a public outreach programme.

This project is a key component of the Data-Driven Innovation programme and is co-funded by the City Region Deal and the University of Edinburgh to deliver a world class research facility where academics and commercial partners work collaboratively to drive innovation within the health and care sector.

The new Usher Institute building is the next component of the research space required to deliver the strategic vision to create a world-leading medical campus at Edinburgh BioQuarter for 2030 and beyond.

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Community benefits

The City Region Deal is committed to ensuring there are benefits to the local community as part of the wider programme of work.

One of the ways in which this is acheived is via 'Community Benefits' - the method by which local communities and good causes are encouraged to receive additional social value from the supply chain of businesses delivering publicly funded contracts and developments.

Funded by the City Region Deal, a 'Community Benefits Portal' website allows community groups and good causes to submit requests for Community Benefits.

As principal contractor for the new Usher building construction, McLaughlin & Harvey have already made strong progress in delivering community engagement and activities for the benefit of local good causes.

Early on, two social enteprises were successful in winning a place within their supply chain - Move on Wood Recycling and All Cleaned Up.

Move On are a charity which works with vulnerable young people and those affected by homelessness to help them direct themselves to more positive destinations. They deliver a range of services to these inidividuals such as mentoring and befriending, schools outreach, finding routes into employability and training as well as targeted signposting to other services. One of the largest sources of income to support this provision is through their social enterprise Move on Wood Recycling. Their team includes those with lived experience of the issues Move On seeks to address, and collects waste wood from commercial and domestic customers, sells quality timber and provides volunteering, training and work experience opportunties. 

Information for local charities, community groups and other good causes on the Community Benefits Portal

Usher Institute information on the Community Benefits Portal


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