Ministers visit Faithful+Gould’s Bayes Centre project to seal City Region Deal

Kimberley Workman
UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have visited the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre to formally agree the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

Mrs May and Ms Sturgeon signed the Deal at the state-of-the-art data innovation hub, which Faithful+Gould is delivering lead project management services for. The £1.3bn investment Deal is designed to accelerate productivity and inclusive growth through the funding of infrastructure, skills training and innovation.

The prestigious event highlighted data science expertise at the University and showcased the Bayes Centre as a facility that will bridge academic disciplines and offer an unprecedented opportunity for external commercial, research and academic collaboration and innovation.

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at University of Edinburgh, said: “I am extremely proud of the role our University has played in helping to develop a City Region Deal that has aligned our unique strengths with the potential for wider regional growth. There is tremendous enthusiasm among the University’s staff to use our world-leading research expertise in a range of projects that will tackle the various social and economic challenges in south-east Scotland, and we look forward to working with partners in government and industry to address those needs. The City Region Deal also offers an exciting opportunity for greater interdisciplinary working between our academic schools and colleges, delivering insights from new areas of research and allowing us to take the lead in the emerging field of data innovation.”

 The Ministers’ visit demonstrates the importance of the development and the lasting impact the investment will have for Edinburgh.

The Bayes Centre development is one of the most high-profile and key components of the City Region Deal, with aims to increase the contribution of research, data analytics expertise, and graduate skills to the region’s economy. The design accommodates approximately 650 higher education professionals, in addition to a wide range of spaces to support open plan working, research partnerships and a number of dedicated robotics and state of the art data technology labs. The building will be flexible and receptive to change, helping to protect the University’s investment in the future.

Ross Hamilton, regional director at Faithful+Gould and lead project manager on the Bayes Centre project, said: “As we are entering the final phase of the Bayes Centre project, the Ministers’ visit demonstrates the importance of the development and the lasting impact the investment will have for Edinburgh. We’re honoured Mrs May and Ms Sturgeon chose our project as the place to sign the City Region Deal; we have been delivering full project management services from the outset to catalyse University of Edinburgh’s ambition to be at the forefront of data-driven innovation, so are pleased they chose a building worthy of its pioneering reputation.”

Over the next decade, five data innovation hubs at the University – the Bayes Centre, Edinburgh Futures Institute, Usher Institute, Easter Bush and, with Heriot-Watt University, the National Robotarium – will use high-speed data analytics to meet industry and societal challenges.

Partners mark the signing of the City Region Deal. Credit: David Cheskin

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