Sector: Higher Education Completion date: May 2022

The development continues the partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR) who have a shared vision to create the UK’s leading innovation hub for the practical application of robotics and autonomous systems – technology that solves real world problems.

With current facilities constrained by space, the new 40,000 sq ft building will accommodate three distinct research and development areas – robotics and autonomous systems, human and robotics interaction, and high precision manufacturing. These spaces will be arranged around a full height, multi-functional forum which can be used for collaborative working and knowledge sharing, as well as social and events.

Innovative design means the cutting-edge resources will be matched by the building itself, with a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency. In winter, the intelligent façade will provide solar heat and recycle warm air. An ecological zone will integrate sustainable urban drainage systems, while a solar PV array will be installed on the roof. EV charging spaces will also be available.

Key facts

The new building will facilitate a collaborative approach that is at the heart of the National Robotarium’s ethos, helping to accelerate research from laboratory to market and paving the way for the UK to take a leadership role in AI and robotics technology.

- Professor Helen Hastie, joint academic lead of the National Robotarium

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