First Anniversary for Charnock Bradley Building

Wednesday 1st May 2019, 9:00am

The Charnock Bradley Building, Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit (EDSCCU) and ‘Canter’, by Andy Scott, are celebrating their first anniversary. 

image of HRH unveiling plaque - credit UofE

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, visited Easter Bush Campus in May 2018, to open the Charnock Bradley Building, Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit (EDSCCU) and unveil ‘Canter’, a sculpture by creator of 'The Kelpies', Andy Scott.

The innovative Charnock Bradley Building provides a home for the Roslin Innovation Centre, Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC) and the Easter Bush Gym. 

Photo: HRH The Princess Royal opens the Charnock Bradley Building

Roslin Innovation Centre, provides office, lab and meeting space across the upper two floors and is occupied by established tenant companies, University spin-outs and early-stage entrepreneurs.

Since the official opening of the building, Roslin Innovation Centre has continued to welcome new residents; received VIP guests; conducted tours; hosted events, receptions and guest surgeries; participated in public engagement, and embraced their prominent location at the heart of Easter Bush Campus.

The Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC) is a unique, purpose-built laboratory space with a mission to develop and deliver high-quality science experiences for community groups, school pupils and their teachers.

Since its first event as part of the Easter Bush Campus Open Day in October 2017, the EBSOC has welcomed over 2,700 visitors through its doors on the ground floor of the Charnock Bradley Building. The first of its kind in Scotland, EBSOC is a unique, purpose-built laboratory space with a mission to develop and deliver high-quality science experiences for community groups, school pupils and their teachers.

EBSOC’s workshops enable people to experience real scientific techniques, perform experiments and explore current research with support from scientists and clinicians from The Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and across The University of Edinburgh.

"Our main aim is to connect visitors from all backgrounds with researchers and clinicians here at the university, who share details of their lives – at work and outside – as well as their experiences of studying science at school and beyond." "

Dr Nicola Stock, Public Engagement Officer, The Roslin Institute and Project Lead for EBSOC

"We want to increase the understanding of science across the community, and to reveal to people that we all have the skills it takes to be a scientist."  

"That’s why EBSOC is purpose-built for visitors, for delivering hands-on understanding of what goes on in a science lab. We use real equipment and our visitors interact with real scientists and clinicians. We’re the only facility in Scotland that offers that kind of experience."

Jayne Quoiani, Education Officer, EBSOC

The Easter Bush Gym has proven a popular and useful addition to the campus, offering both a comprehensive range of exercise equipment, as well as classes, instruction and boot camps.

In the last year, there has been a close and supportive relationship built up between staff and members, as well as within the membership community. The gym has become a place where staff and students have been able to communicate outside of lectures or teaching. The classes and the Bush-Bootcamps have proven a popular and motivating option for many on campus.

The Equine Diagnostic, Surgical and Critical Care Unit (EDSCCU) has allowed improved clinical care of our equine patients, while also enhancing student education and facilitating our world leading research.

With transformed facilities for diagnostics and triage as well as two new surgical theatres, a standing surgery suite and a Critical Care Unit with 24 hour video monitoring, the EDSCCU provides a dynamic and vibrant working environment equipped with the latest technologies.

"The new equine diagnostics, surgery and critical care unit has been a great success.  It’s a great working environment for evaluating and treating horses, the staff really enjoy the fresh, open, state-of-the-art surgical theatre area and the students love all the features that improve their ability to get involved with the clinical work."

Dr John Keen, Director of the Equine Hospital and Practice

The 15 foot steel sculpture of a horse’s head, by creator of 'The Kelpies', Andy Scott, forms the centre piece of the landscaped entrance plaza to a new hub for staff and students.

Canter has a similar composition to The Kelpies but creator Andy Scott said he wanted to produce something more animated, with a long flowing mane. Weighing in at around a ton and a half, the steel structure took one year from initial sketches to completion.

"I chose a heavy horse to reflect the original intent of the School, which was set up to help workhorses in the early 19th Century. I am delighted with how it fits into the environment, blending with the unique architectural features of the building and the stone plinth."

Andy Scott, creator of Canter

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