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Murchison House


(British Geological Survey HQ in Scotland)

Murchison House
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Murchison House

An award-winning architectural creation which lies on the edge of the University of Edinburgh's science campus at King's Buildings, Murchison House was designed by the government Property Services Agency in 1977. It was home to the Scottish headquarters of the British Geological Survey (BGS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council, which has responsibility for maintaining geological mapping within the United Kingdom.

This office included the BGS Global Seismology Unit, which studies earthquake activity and acts as a centre for research on British earthquakes, together with the UK National Centre for monitoring compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

The BGS left the building in 2015 for the Lyell Centre, built on the Heriot-Watt University campus on the western periphery of Edinburgh.


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