Once open, the University of Edinburgh’s Futures Institute will offer a warm welcome into the refurbished Edinburgh Royal Infirmary Building on Lauriston Place.
The sensitive restoration of the Category A listed, Old Royal Infirmary, is an opportunity to bring new life to one of Edinburgh’s most loved buildings. With its restoration, the University will protect the city’s architectural heritage, establish a new public piazza and garden space and create a sustainable building fit for future generations of staff, students and the local community. When complete, the Edinburgh Futures Institute building will have 20,000 m2 floor space, 6,000 of which will be new construction. The renovated building will include teaching rooms, co-working spaces, tech labs and a large new space for events and lectures. The building’s unusually wide corridors will create areas for informal encounters and breakout areas.
Edinburgh Futures Institute is a major strategic initiative of the University of Edinburgh. The Institute’s activity will focus on data innovation to solve real world problems. Local communities, businesses and organisations will collaborate with the University to address social, environmental and economic challenges.
EFI offers a new approach to research, education and engagement. Collaborating to build a challenge-led and data-rich portfolio of activity that has demonstrable ethical, social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts. The Institute is a key component of the University of Edinburgh’s Data Driven Innovation contribution to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. This multi-million pound investment by the UK and Scottish Governments aims to increase the provision of data and digital skills in the workforce and secure economic prosperity for all.
EFI’s data driven innovation programme links to four key sectors: financial services (including fintech); creative industries; tourism and festivals; and public services (data civics). Additionally it has two cross cutting themes: the ethical implications of data analytics and artificial intelligence; and the future infrastructure needed to drive social, economic, environmental and cultural inclusion.
The Institute will develop innovative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and life-long learning opportunities aimed at creating new ways to connect education to the world around us. EFI will form partnerships and collaborations with industry, business, public and third sector organisations to drive challenge-led solutions to complex problems.
Professor Lesley McAra, Director of the Edinburgh Futures Institute said:“In judging the success of EFI over time we will need to ask whether it has led to a transformation in terms of inclusive economic growth and social benefit. It needs to make a genuine difference.”
The University’s Estates Department is responsible for developing and maintaining the University’s estate. The department employs around 950 staff and looks after an estate of more than 550 buildings across five campuses. It provides a range of integrated services that are professional, customer-focused and designed to provide and maintain an estate that is safe, compliant and suitable for its intended purpose.
Faithful+Gould is a world leading project and programme management consultancy. Operating at the forefront of the industry for 70 years, its integrated approach delivers business improvements and efficiencies across every environment and every sector. Faithful+Gould works closely with the Estates Department and its wider Scape procured delivery team to lead consultancy, project management, health & safety, and design team services.
Bennetts Associates creates sustainable and enduring architecture. The practice has completed a diverse portfolio of cultural, workplace and education projects in both the public and private sector, ranging from masterplans to small historic buildings. Bennetts Associates is an employee-owned trust with studios in London, Edinburgh and Manchester, and the world’s first architects to secure Science Based Target approval. The practice is responsible for many prominent projects, most recently the Royal College of Pathologists in London, Storyhouse in Chester, the University of Edinburgh’s Potterrow Development and Jaguar Land Rover’s Advanced Product Creation Centre in Warwickshire.
Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. We finance, develop, build and maintain the vital infrastructure that we all depend on. Balfour Beatty has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses. Balfour Beatty is committed to delivering on its principle of added social value in Scotland. We work closely with our customers to deliver real, tangible social value to the communities in which we operate.
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