Princess given vision of new science campus

The Princess Royal visits the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Photo by Douglas Robertson
The Princess Royal visits the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Photo by Douglas Robertson

Plans to turn Edinburgh University’s Easter Bush campus into a European centre of excellence in animal sciences have received a royal seal of approval.

Last week Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal planted a tree to herald the start of construction of the £32 million Easter Bush Innovation Centre.

Work on the facility, adjacent to the Roslin Institute, will begin in March and be ready by 2017.

During her tour of the neighbouring Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the Princess Royal, the university chancellor, met with some of the scientists, researchers and staff behind the multi-million pound expansion of the Midothian campus.

Future phased development includes a £3.7m large animal clinical facility. Work will start in October and take a year to complete.

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