Far from a Black day for Newhouse complex

The Princess Royal opens the James Black building watched by Dr Louis Nisbet, chairman BioCity Scotland
The Princess Royal opens the James Black building watched by Dr Louis Nisbet, chairman BioCity Scotland

The Princess Royal performed the official naming ceremony of the Sir James Black building at BioCity Scotland in Newhouse last week.

Her visit coincided with a gathering of Scotland’s leading life science practitioners, and the planting of a Jubilee Oak by North Lanarkshire Provost Tom Curley to celebarte the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

This event came just six weeks after the launch of BioCity Scotland, a joint venture between BioCity Nottingham and Roslin BioCentre.

It contains over 130,000 sq ft of purpose-built laboratories and offices on the 23 acre site, and is expected to create 500 jobs over the next five years.

Princess Anne toured the complex, meeting tenant companies and hearing about the plans and vision for the site from BioCity Group CEO Dr Glenn Crocker.

She was then invited to unveil a plaque naming the chemistry building, known as the Sir James Black Building.

Uddingston-born Sir James is hailed as one of the great Scottish scientists of the 20th century and in 1988 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for developing Propranolol and Cimetidine to treat heart disease and stomach ulcers respectively. He passed away in March, 2010.

Full story and more pictures in Fenruary 29 edition of Times & Speaker