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International Barley Hub

Barley is one of Scotland's most important crops and a fundamental component of many key industries, but yet remains a little-known harvest. This is surprising considering how important and influential Scotland's brewing and whisky industries are. Despite this, few people outside the farming industry appreciate barley's connection with economic wellbeing but also its significance as a global and nutritious food crop.


The James Hutton Institute is at the forefront of scientific progress where barley is concerned. Whilst research into wheat, the UK's number one crop, is fairly widespread, the James Hutton Institute is the UK's only centre of expertise for the UK's second largest crop, grown on about half of Scotland's arable land.

The James Hutton Institute in collaboration with the University of Dundee has completed the Government Gateway 1 Review process in relation to an ambitious project to create an International Barley Hub which will be hosted at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee. Their vision is to create a unique, integrated, open platform for the translation of barley research into economic, social, environmental and commercial impacts for the breeding, farming, malting, brewing, feed, food, health and related industries.

The project has been developed in partnership with industry and other key sector stakeholders, to ensure that activities are targeted where they are most needed and can deliver maximum impact.

What is it?

  • The first project in a phased regeneration of the Invergowrie site based on a series of commercially focussed innovation centres.
  • A unique platform for the translation of barley research into commercial benefits for the entire brewing, whisky and food value chain.
  • An internationally recognised centre for the training and development of skills in barley research.
  • An economic stimulator, creating new jobs and economic impact for Dundee, Scotland, the UK and Europe.
  • A fantastic opportunity to develop our relationship with the University of Dundee.

When will it be completed?

  • Following approval of the necessary funding design and tendering of the project will take approximately 18 months and construction a further 18 months.
  • Occupation is initially targeted for 2020.

What will be in the building?

  • The building will be 4,800m2, on two levels, and will accommodate 100 people.
  • 44 contemporary design lab spaces will be provided plus a flexible double height industrial area and space for freezer and growth room facilities.
  • 60 good quality desk spaces will be available complete with meeting and ancillary facilities.
  • There will be a double-height atrium that can be used for display or reception purposes plus a new main seminar room. 
  • Good IT and AV services will be provided throughout all areas of the building.
  • An improved social hub.

For more information on the project, please contact Philip Gane, Capital Projects Manager, or read the latest issue of our Project Update newsletter.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.