Our Edinburgh Campus
Edinburgh Campus and Sustainability
On the edge of one of world’s most beautiful cities, with an exceptional quality of life, our Edinburgh campus is set on 380 acres of park and woodland. Its mix of habitats make it the focus of significant biodiversity preservation efforts and it offers our campus community fantastic opportunities to appreciate the local natural environment. The centre of the campus, the Lawn and Central Woodlands hold the Green Flag Award reflecting achievements across criteria including access, biodiversity. conservation and community involvement. There is also a busy campus allotment, managed by the grounds and estates team, where students and staff can connect over growing their own food.
The campus lies close to active travel corridors (cycling map), and we are working with partners including Sustrans to further improve active and sustainable travel options. A range of facilities to support bike commuting have led to the campus being awarded Cycling Scotland’s “Cycle Friendly Campus” award, with Distinction. We look forward to improving this over the coming months.
Staff, students and our local community can enjoy a selection of themed campus trails on foot. by bike or with their four-legged friends. Interactive versions of our Discovery Trail and Tree Trail allow you to explore and chart your location in real time via a mobile device.
Our campus location on an historic country estate with an ornamental loch and extensive mature woodland enables a wide array of flora and fauna to thrive. Our Landscape Team work hard to support and enhance biodiversity on our beautiful campus - please consult our Biodiversity Action Plan for further information.
Building in Sustainability
Our Edinburgh campus building stock has grown in recent years, and with it our ability to feature modern, energy efficient design and renewable energy generation. Our award-winning Global Research Innovation and Discovery (GRID) building was designed with a passive approach to sustainability and energy efficiency, achieving a BREEAM Excellent status and commendation at the Scottish Design Awards. You can take a tour of the building here.
Due for completion in summer 2022, The National Robotarium building’s innovative design maintains a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency. In winter the recycling of warm air will be maximised to limit heating demands, while an ecological zone will integrate sustainable urban drainage systems with surrounding natural water features. A substantial 100kW rooftop solar PV array will help to meet the building's energy requirements, with any remaining electricity supplied, as for the whole campus, via a renewable energy tariff. You can read more about the National Robotarium’s building construction here.
It isn’t just the newer additions to our campus that have enabled us to make gains in energy efficiency and sustainable building standards, on-going retrofit and efficiency projects across our campus have enabled us to surpass the energy use and emissions targets set in our previous Carbon Management Plan.