Constructing the new BioQuarter in Edinburgh

  • Project Edinburgh BioQuarter
  • Principal Contractor Kilmac Ltd
  • Project Lead Brian Chambers, Technical Sales
  • Key Benefit A combination of bespoke designs and MGF’s Standard Solutions package were utilised to meet customer requirements on a large scheme
Drag box onsite


As part of the plan to create a one-billion-pound health innovation district named the Edinburgh BioQuarter, the City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Edinburgh have joined forces to lead this substantial development project. The site is currently home to Edinburgh Medical School and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

The new district will include a new home for the Usher Institute, a research hub set up for approximately 600 academics. The development will also create opportunities for new jobs, homes and a community for the people in Edinburgh.

MGF’s involvement began when Technical Sales Brian Chambers was approached by Kilmac Ltd for a site visit with their senior engineers following on from a recommendation by someone within Kilmac. This visit determined that the customer required a groundworks package in which MGF’s expertise was requested.

Edinburgh BioQuarter

The Solution

A straightforward scheme, the project consisted of a pipe installation for a pipe with an internal diameter of 2.25 so that deep drainage could be carried out. Other kit supplied by MGF included a manhole ring lifter, drag box and manhole box with an internal dimension of 2m ².

Whilst our Standard Solutions service was available for this scheme with the manhole box, a bespoke design was required for the drag box. Installed using a dig and push technique, the manhole box was closed off with 2.50m standard trench sheets.

The Verdict

The supply of quality temporary works equipment to site generated positive feedback from the customer, with site receiving 99% on their Health and Safety visit.

Frequent communication between MGF and Kilmac allowed for an efficient and effective service so that provision of designs and delivery of equipment met strict deadlines.

With the project currently ongoing, the newly developed district has an expected completion date of 2023.