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Life sciences in Glasgow takes a leap forward

Construction commences on a new Health Innovation Hub



Kadans Science Partner has recently started construction of a new precision medicine Health Innovation Hub in Govan, in partnership with the University of Glasgow, and supported by Scottish Enterprise.

Research from Savills revealed a huge amount of investment in the life science sector, with £5.6bn of venture capital being invested into life science-related companies headquartered in the UK. This represents a 120% increase between 2020 to 2021 and 500% since 2017.

Key cities across the UK, and the rest of the world, are seeing emerging clusters of activity, and it is hoped that such a focus on life sciences in Glasgow will bring huge rewards for wider prosperity and education.

The building, designed by Hawkins\Brown, will offer laboratory and office space, attract new and innovative businesses to the area, and deliver local benefits to the community. With research links to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, this hub aims to set the stage for a thriving life sciences cluster in the area.

We are delighted to be beginning construction on our new Health Innovation Hub. Along with our existing facilities at West of Scotland Science Park, this project cements Glasgow and in particular the communities of Govan and Linthouse, as key pillars in our UK growth strategy.

The flexible nature of the building means that tenants can grow and evolve within the building over time, making the Innovation Hub their long-term home. The project is also targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating so that it remains futureproofed in terms of energy efficiency.

With a rust red façade the building represents both the area’s heavily industrial past as well as its bright future for medical research – while windows are spaced at varying intervals to recall DNA coding. Inside, generous shared spaces will bring a community of scientists together in a large atrium and smaller breakout spaces.

The Health Innovation Hub is designed to enhance collaboration between academia, industry, clinicians, and the community to better tackle healthcare challenges. We hope the project will spark regeneration and further development within the CWIC campus and the local Govan area.

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