The planned development of the land around the campus encompasses three elements: the innovation park, an innovation hub within the innovation park; and a separate commercial hub.

What will be in the Innovation Hub?

Closely aligned to the University’s strengths, the hub will focus on food and drink related innovation and the related context of health and wellbeing, and will include serviced laboratories and office accommodation as well as facilities for events.

Organisations operating in the hub will not only benefit from bespoke facilities but will also have easy access to the University. Co-location will encourage mentoring and peer support. Close access to business development staff and business support intermediaries will enhance the support on offer, facilitating connections with investors, enabling business collaboration and business growth. The Innovation Hub will provide opportunities for students to embrace the innovation and enterprise culture as part of their educational experience, with a wider innovation programme encouraging them to create their own start-ups, working closely with the on-campus Business Gateway.  The Innovation Hub will provide a home for enterprise initiatives, events and workshops.

The hub will accommodate staff and facilities for QMU’s Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation (SCFDI), already a successful innovation, research and development (R&D) partner to the food and drink sector. It will address market-identified needs by providing access to specialist industrial scale equipment, the knowledge and skills to undertake R&D projects, and a client development kitchen to support product development and new product launches.

The vision of project partners is that the Innovation Hub will act as a national resource, underpinned by the expertise found within the region’s innovation network, with the hub becoming a focal point for this expertise.

What will be in the wider Innovation Park?

The Edinburgh Innovation Park covers 52 acres including the Innovation Hub and provides an opportunity to transform a strategic economic development site, owned by East Lothian Council, into a thriving, nationally significant cluster of knowledge exchange, innovation and high value business growth. 

EIP will contribute to delivering the ambition of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal (City Deal) to drive innovation and skills-led inclusive growth and to help solve important societal challenges.

The strategy behind the EIP can trace its roots back to 2005 and the University’s decision to relocate to its current location.  Adjacency to economic development land and the potential the campus site presented for the University to work with industry and business was a paramount consideration in the University’s decision to relocate to East Lothian.

Demand for the wider Innovation Park will be stimulated by the wider food and drink innovation activity of the hub but it is not envisaged that tenants of EIP will be limited exclusively to this sector.

What will be in the Commercial Hub

Wholly owned by QMU, the Commercial Hub will provide small retail and leisure facilities.











What will be in the Commercial Hub

Wholly owned by QMU, the Commercial Hub will provide small retail and leisure facilities.