|Myself [Lauren Noakes] (left) and Nichola Gaffney (right), from|
the BGS Communications Team in obligatory onsite selfie
John Ludden, BGS Executive Director (and chief silver spade wielder), said “It is a pleasure to see work begin on the British Geological Survey’s new home in Scotland. Our facilities and our staff, currently at several sites across Edinburgh, will be united here at The Lyell Centre alongside research teams from Heriot-Watt University. This tremendous opportunity will broaden our science base and create an innovative hub of world-leading research in the geosciences in Scotland. ”
|Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of |
Heriot-Watt University (left) and
Professor John Ludden, Executive
Director BGS (right) breaking ground
Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, said, “This is the physical start of a tremendous project, and is the result of many months of dedicated work behind the scenes. The Lyell Centre will provide a huge opportunity for earth and marine science in Scotland and globally, commensurate with Heriot-Watt’s international standing and global reach.”
As the press release says, the emphasis of the Centre’s work will be at the intersection of the earth and marine sciences. Research in the Lyell Centre will play a key role in finding pragmatic solutions and providing evidence-based informed and reliable opinions in areas of energy supply, environmental impact and global climate change, where inputs have traditionally been polarised. Its work will be both socially and industrially relevant at national and international scales.
There are a lot of people to thank for the creation of this masterpiece. In particular The Lyell Centre is funded by BGS, Heriot-Watt University, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Additional funding of £8.5m will also underpin investment in top-level academic staff recruitment and student research positions.
|The BGS/NERC Project team. From Left to Right:|
David Kearney, John Murray, John Ludden, Mike Patterson, Bob Gatliff
As well as providing new office and laboratory facilities The Lyell Centre will incorporate a new 50,000 litre climate change research aquarium, the UK NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas, a high level industry engagement and training initiative for the oil and gas sector, and the Shell Centre for Exploration Geoscience.
It's going to be quite a journey over the next 52 weeks, so check the web and @BritGeoSurvey for #LyellCentre updates!
|For more info about the Lyell Centre (design above) you can read our previous press release here|