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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Conference Venue

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
High School Yards
Infirmary Street
Telephone (01316) 505326
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The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is an award winning, green business venue in the heart of the city centre, only 10 minutes walk from Waverley Station.

Looking for a ‘green’ city-centre venue that offers sustainable credentials, historical character and state-of-the art facilities?
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) offers all of this and more, providing event organisers and delegates a range of meeting and conference facilities in a unique, spacious setting just 10 minutes from Waverley Station.
Located in the historic Old Town of Edinburgh, ECCI was once Sir Walter Scott’s high school, renovated in 2013 to provide a green business venue reflecting the corporate market’s need for spaces that demonstrate and reflect their own policies on green issues and CSR.
ECCI has since become the ‘go to’ place for sustainability focused events and meetings in Scotland. This unique building opened in October 2013 and is the
UK’s most sustainably designed historic building (BREEAM Outstanding Award). An elegantly restored historic building which also provides the best in modern technology and offers a unique delegate experience, ECCI attracts a wide range of high-profile events and attendees from the
UK and overseas, including the Edinburgh International Science Festival, The British Council, BBC, Shell Springboard Awards, and the Saltire Awards.
Choose from a variety of conferencing spaces, smaller meeting rooms and a stunning atrium networking/exhibition space that can support functions of up 280 people. Our event consulting service is designed to help you create the most sustainable and socially responsible event possible – from invites to catering.
ECCI meets the growing demand for green focused event management
and can help support your business’ Corporate Social Responsibility agenda. Hosting an event at our centre sends
a clear message to delegates on the importance your organisation places on the environment and sustainability issues.
Find out more about our building at or contact us today to arrange a visit and tour

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Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

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The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation is within easy walking distance of the city’s main transport hubs and home to fantastic architecture, history and green space and very amenable for walking around.


It takes approximately five to fifteen minutes to walk from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station to ECCI, depending on your destination.


Cycling is a cheap, quick and healthy way to get around. There is a network of on and off road cycle routes in Edinburgh.

ECCI is located on the south side of the city centre, within easy cycling distance of the city’s main transport hubs. ECCI also has shower facilities and secure bke parking on site.

ECCI is located within a five minute cycle ride of Edinburgh Waverley Train Station.

ECCI has two secure bike stores and a number of bike stands.

The wider University also provides secure bike stores across the Central Area for visitors, staff and students.


Buses from all over the city travel to ECCI. The University also provides a shuttle bus for staff and students between the Central Area and the King’s Buildings. The majority of buses are operated by Lothian Buses.

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Bus fares

Across Edinburgh City centre, with the exception of the Airlink bus, you can purchase a single adult ticket at a cost of £1.50 when you board the bus.

The correct change is required to pay for your fare when boarding the bus.

A range of day tickets, multi journey tickets and pre paid tickets are also available directly from bus operators.


ECCI is within easy walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, which is Edinburgh’s main train station.

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station is served by rail services to Scotland and the rest of the UK. There are various ways to plan your journey by train.

Consult the National Rail Enquries journey planner for details.

Getting from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station to the Central Area

Due to the close proximity of Edinburgh Waverley Train Station to the Central Area, you can choose to travel from the station to ECCI by the following modes:

On foot
By bike
By bus
By taxi – taxis are available from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station. A one way taxi fare from the station to the Central Area will cost approximately £7.00.

Electric Vehicle

There are two electric vehicles charging plugs at ECCI. Our charging points are Type 2 Fast Chargers 22kW Mode 3 compliant.

Charging plug output is 22kW (32 Amps) AC – Three Phase and they are Type 2 (EN62196-2), Mode 3 (EN61851-1) compliant.

The charging posts are “Elektromotive Electrobay 305” posts.

“Charge your car” access cards will work with these posts. The “Charge your car” site number is 50389. Map and more info:

Visitors using the charging points should sign in at the general ECCI reception and leave their mobile phone number where possible.

City Car Club

ECCI is also the site for the UK’s first City Car Club Electric Vehicle. ECCI residents and staff are entitled to one year of free membership.

More information on how to book a City Car Club car here:


ECCI does not have its own car park. There is limited on-street parking in the area. It is expensive and designed for short stays. If, however, you have a Blue Badge for disabled parking the charges are waived.

There are two car parks within walking distance of ECCI. One is in Blackfriars Street, just off the Royal Mile and the other is at St John’s Hill, on the Pleasance.This list shows all city centre car parks, has links to maps for each one and realtime information about the spaces available.

For more information on parking see the City of Edinburgh Council parking web page:

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