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Construction Completed At Edinburgh’s Centre Of Genetics & Cancer


Robertson Construction Central East has successfully delivered the £12m 4D Cellular Medicine Building that will support cancer and health research for the University of Edinburgh.


Connecting to the existing East and North buildings of the Institute of Genetics and Cancer, the new five-storey building houses data analysis areas, laboratories and other specialist spaces which seamlessly merge with the existing facilities to support vital research.


It was important that the new space blended in with the adjoining building which led to Robertson having custom-built bricks made to match the existing building’s bespoke brickwork, which is no longer manufactured.


Delivering the new 2,000 metres squared project within a live environment, Robertson ensured that disturbance to the rest of the campus was kept to a minimum.


David Cairns, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Central East, said:

“The Western General Hospital Campus will greatly benefit from this new facility that will propel the University's innovative research forward. It marks our 14th completed project as we continue our strong relationship with the University of Edinburgh."

“It's always a privilege to contribute to advancements in medical research and healthcare infrastructure. Our commitment to precision and quality ensures that these facilities not only meet but exceed the needs and priorities of current and future users.”


Professor Wendy Bickmore, Director of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, said:

“The new 4D Cellular Medicine Building represents an important step in furthering the joint mission of the IGC’s three centres – the MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh Cancer Centre and the Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine – to combine the scientific expertise, technology and support services needed to maximise scientific discovery and enable the rapid translation of these discoveries into 4D Cellular Medicine that have significant impact on society in the UK and Worldwide.”

The Institute of Genetics and Cancer is a strategic partnership of the MRC Human Genetics Unit (HGU), Edinburgh Cancer Research, and the CGEM that together form a coalition of distinct world class expertise in genetics and cancer.


Robertson Construction Central East is currently delivering a £9.5m refurbishment to the Queen’s Medical Research Institute for the University, at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. The project sees the creation of new research spaces to address major disease challenges and is expected to complete in spring 2025. Additionally, Robertson is also undertaking a £12m refurbishment of the existing Lothian & Borders Fire station at the Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, that is expected to be complete in late 2026.

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