Major investment for Eden Campus

Thursday 22 November 2018
Aerial view of the Eden Campus site at Guardbridge
Aerial view of the Eden Campus site at Guardbridge

The Scottish and UK governments have today confirmed that the University of St Andrews is to receive over £26 million for transformative infrastructure works at its Eden Campus project at Guardbridge.

This will be the single largest investment ever secured by St Andrews, and is a fundamental step to the realisation of the University’s broader plans to create hundreds of new, high-value jobs and bring smart, sustainable industry to this part of Scotland, founded on a low carbon future.

Confirmation of the investment came this morning with the long-awaited announcement of the heads of terms for the Tay Cities Deal.

The announcement recognises that Eden Campus has “untapped capacity to co-locate industry alongside academic expertise from across Scotland and open up the University’s activities to the business community, wider public and entrepreneurs”.

It is the University’s aim that up to 75% of the Eden Campus site will host a mix of science and technology-based industry and commerce activity underpinned by skills training services and mentoring programmes, access to high speed network for research (Janet), and reliable upgraded power and renewable heating supplies.

The investment breaks down as follows:

  • Up to £7 million to develop a dedicated infrastructure Primary Substation power upgrade providing all required power for Eden Campus at Guardbridge with full supply security, reliability and no risk of constraint;
  • Up to £13.5 million for the Scottish Centre for Clean Energy Storage and Conversion, which will address one of the world’s most important technology challenges, whilst presenting a unique opportunity for this region and Scotland to build on strengths in low-carbon innovation; and
  • Up to £4 million for the Eden Enterprise Hub, which will be developed as an innovation hub, diversifying the regional economy by developing sectoral specialisms and capitalising on the region’s universities by providing space for their spin-outs and start-ups. It will provide a range of business facilities as well as coaching, expertise and industry-specific guidance, and a dedicated Knowledge Transfer Centre.
  • Subject to a robust business case, the Scottish Government will invest up to £2 million alongside Fife Council in Eden Enterprise to establish a commercially viable business incubator that caters for spin out and start-up companies from the region’s Universities.

There is still a great deal of work to be done and the University will be working closely on the detail of the deal with our partners at Fife Council and the Scottish and UK governments with the aim of realising the benefits of this investment as quickly as possible.

Principal Professor Sally Mapstone said: “At a time of wider national uncertainty, this is a very welcome vote of confidence in the potential of Scottish higher education and skills, and I am extremely grateful to the Quaestor, Derek Watson, and his team who have worked tirelessly for over a year to persuade government of our potential.”

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