A new life sciences centre will result in the creation of 6,500 new jobs in Edinburgh, it has been announced.
The Edinburgh BioQuarter project, led by Scottish Enterprise, has been given the go-ahead for construction on the outskirts of the city and is expected to bring £350 million every year to the local economy.
Biosciences research and development will take place at the facility and has backing from Edinburgh University and NHS Lothian.
"Alexandria's reputation for outstanding life science cluster development, combined with Scotland's reputation for producing outstanding science, will act as a magnet for some of the world's leading scientists, researchers and companies to locate here," Jack Perry of Scottish Enterprise told the Press Association.
US-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities has been chosen as the development partner for the facility, which will include about 1.4 million square feet of space on a 100-acre site.