City gamechanger

Technology incubator plan for Edinburgh marina

Waterfront tech hub at Edinburgh marina

Tech hub: boost for waterfront

A technology hub focused on data science is being proposed for the Edinburgh waterfront.

Specialising in artificial intelligence, blockchain, fintech, quantum computing and data analytics, the new hub a the marina development at Granton will offer research opportunities and co-working space for innovative small firms.

Charles Price, a spokesman for Edinburgh Marina Holdings, said: “This exciting development will help us deliver on our objective for the economic regeneration of Granton. It will provide much-needed office space and substantial employment opportunities with the provision of flexible low-cost space for start-ups in a growing digital economy.”

Steve McGavin, planning and development director at GL Hearn, said: “The development of the Edinburgh Marina waterfront technology incubator hub will be a gamechanger for the north of the city and for Scotland as a whole.

“There is a strong and emerging market from tech and digital start-ups in Edinburgh. We believe the presence of such a facility will provide a further boost to the ongoing regeneration of Edinburgh’s waterfront.

“The area has already undergone a significant transformation in recent years, largely through the work focused around the Edinburgh Marina, and is set to become one of the most exciting and sought-after parts of the city in the coming years.”

William Gunn, director at Wilson+Gunn, added: “Edinburgh Marina is an amazing opportunity for the City of Edinburgh and Scotland. This development will deliver significant opportunities for employment, tourism and international sporting events.

“The proposed new waterfront tech hub at 51 West Harbour Road is an essential ingredient in the overall strategy of the various business incubator and accelerated growth programmes for businesses throughout Scotland.”

The marina project will include new homes for sale and rent: Royal Wharf – luxury living for retirement, 427 full-serviced berths, a Hyatt Regency Spa and Conference hotel with serviced apartments, the Chestnut medical hub and neighbourhood shopping.

The development will create more than 1,300 permanent jobs, together with a high percentage of affordable homes.

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