The Bayes Centre, a pivotal piece and final phase of the Potterrow Development, opened on 23 October 2018 in the presence of the University of Edinburgh’s Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal. It is set to transform Edinburgh city centre into one of UK’s most dynamic places for tech, attracting the highest calibre of international experts in data science and artificial intelligence.
The 9,500sq m building was completed this September as part of the University’s investment into world-class facilities on its Potterrow campus. It follows the much-lauded Informatics Forum and Dugald Stewart Buildings which were designed and delivered by Bennetts Associates’ Edinburgh studio in 2008.
Bayes brings together 600 expert thinkers from across the spectrum: PhD students, academic researchers and university staff working alongside tech-focused businesses, start-ups and ‘spin out’ initiatives. It offers world-class robotics labs, open-plan and flexible working office spaces based on the practice’s research into ‘synergetic’ design, to boost research and collaboration. Alongside these sit more traditional lecture theatres, studios and workshop facilities.
Bayes Centre is the first of five data-driven innovation hubs being created as part of the recently announced Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. The new hubs will help business and public sector organisations improve products and services through collaboration with researchers and data analysts.
As the major component of the University of Edinburgh’s new masterplan for the George Square and Bristo Square area, the Potterrow Development replaces a windswept car park with a rich mix of buildings, courtyards and reinstated streetlines.