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Lyell Centre, The

A research centre within the campus of Heriot-Watt University at Riccarton on the southwestern edge of the City of Edinburgh, the Lyell Centre was completed in 2016 as the Scottish headquarters for the British Geological Survey (BGS), as well as a research centre for geological, petroleum and marine sciences, incorporating staff from the University's Schools of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society and Life Sciences. Named in honour of the noted Scottish geologist Sir Charles Lyell (1797 - 1875), it replaced the former BGS headquarters at Murchison House on the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings campus. The 17-million development includes offices and laboratories, and incorporates BGS facilities for earth hazards, energy, geophysics, groundwater and marine geoscience, together with a 50,000 litre climate change research aquarium. The building was funded by BGS, Heriot-Watt University, the Natural Environment Research Council and Scottish Funding Council.


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