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192 Scotland | Full Member UKSPA Directory 2017 A beautiful location to inspire ideas and a supported environment to help businesses grow Pentlands Science Park L ocati on Bush Loan Penicuik Midlothian EH26 0PZ C ontact detai l s George Walker T: 0131 445 5111 F: 0131 445 6235 E: george.walker​ Pentlands Science Park (PSP) was established in 1994 by The Moredun Foundation for Animal Health & Welfare as the new home for the Moredun Research Institute. The development was supported by the European Regional Development Fund, Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh & Lothian, and Midlothian Council. The Park became Europe’s first based around the Institute’s centre of excellence in veterinary science and animal health. Moredun celebrated its 90th anniversary year in 2010, having originally been established as the Animal Diseases Research Association in 1920. Pentlands Science Park celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 and has matured into a beautiful working environment. Progress to Date The Park extends to some 164,000 sq ft of high-class offices and laboratories, which house both Moredun and the commercial research companies based on the site. Adjoining the main science park are Moredun’s unique animal facilities, an extensive range of buildings including traditional stockholding sheds, high containment facility, post mortem building, and on-site incinerator, the latter having had a £1m upgrade in 2009. In January 2008, Moredun purchased the Glencorse Building from Scottish Enterprise and now has ownership of the whole site. The Doherty Innovation Centre is the Park’s main multi-occupancy building providing flexible space for SMEs. The Park provides a full range of support services including IT, security, catering, cleaning, engineering, waste disposal, café, and central stores facility. PSP also provides a lecture theatre and fully-equipped meeting rooms for the use of site tenants and external clients. The site has a back-up generator which can fully support the whole park. An outline planning application was approved by Midlothian Council in December 2009 in respect of a 20- acre site adjoining the existing Park. Investment in Park infrastructure and services has continued including improved WiFi connectivity, ICT services, and waste services, A link road, joining PSP with Edinburgh Technopole, was constructed in 2004 and this brings social and commercial benefits to both parks. PSP acts as a security hub and assists both Technopole and the adjoining Scottish Enterprise manufacturing BioCampus with security services. In 2007, the library was refurbished to provide accommodation for the Moredun Communications Centre to develop new knowledge transfer initiatives led by the Moredun Communications Director. This will seek to form stronger links and provide additional benefits to farmers and other stakeholders and also to develop educational links and programmes to interact with schools, particularly in association with Midlothian Council, the education authority. The next planned development is the creation of an International KTE Hub for Animal Health & Welfare. The new Roslin Institute building and the new Edinburgh University Vet School building are both now occupied, making the Easter Bush Campus one of the leading global locations for animal bioscience research. Moredun and PSP contributed to the drafting of Midlothian Council’s Animal Bioscience Sector Action Plan, recognising this sector as