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Expansion could create 13,000 jobs

QMU plans £80 million ‘innovation hub’ to grow key sectors

Queen Margaret DriveQueen Margaret University has unveiled plans to invest £80 million in an “innovation hub”  on its campus near Musselburgh which it hopes will play a part in the City Region plan for the area.

The university says the complex would provide work for 13,000 and forms part of a masterplan for expansion which it is submitting to East Lothian Council.

Food and drink, entrepreneurship, the creative industries and biomedical sectors are being targeted as key areas of innovation and growth at the new hub.

The idea is to build an academic and commercial centre around a community of shops, health and fitness facilities, hotel and residential accommodation.

QMU Principal Professor Petra Wend said: “We have drawn on international best practice in developing our plans. A £1bn city region deal bid has been submitted by Edinburgh and the south east area of Scotland which concentrates on the region’s strengths of knowledge culture and technology.

“Although still in its early stage, we are confident that if the deal progresses that our proposals would be relevant for inclusion.”

She said the university plays a key role in attracting high growth SMEs to East Lothian.

QMU is already committed to a partnership with East Lothian Council and has created an on-campus Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) which includes the Council’s Business Gateway, the first time a Business Gateway has been based in a Scottish university.

Community consultation on the proposals gets under way this week with drop-in events planned from 2pm until 8pm on 9 September at the Brunton Hall in Musselburgh and Thursday 10 at QMU.

 QMU Innovation hub

 

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