Scientific service finds new home at Aberdeen’s James Hutton Institute

Councillor Jenny laing with Professor Deb Roberst, deputy CEO of the James Hutton Centre

A £350,000 redesign is to be undertaken at Aberdeen’s James Hutton Institute to allow for the relocation of the Aberdeen Scientific Services Laboratory (ASSL).

Aberdeen City Council said the move is expected to consolidate the city’s position as a ‘scientific powerhouse’ in food safety and security, land use and environmental management.

It comes after ASSL’s current facilities on Dunbar Street were deemed to no longer be fit for purpose, with the redesign at the James Hutton Institute to create specialised microbiology, chemistry and instrument laboratories.

Aberdeen City Council leader, councillor Jenny Laing, said, “Both organisations will benefit from ASSL becoming part of a wider scientific campus – through partnership working and by leveraging commercial know-how to create new income-generation opportunities. The co-location will also help cement the city’s reputation as a pioneer in the fields of public health, ecology and life sciences. 

 “By combining activity and research across a range of disciplines, ASSL and Hutton can increase our understanding of the world around us and in turn add to Scotland’s knowledge economy.”