Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the site, located next to The Roslin Institute, prior to construction which commences in March, as part of a visit to the University.
The occasion marks the beginning of the third phase of development for the Easter Bush Campus, which also includes the building of an Energy Centre and extensive infrastructure work.
Staff and students from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute gave HRH The Princess Royal an overview of their work to improve animal health and welfare.
At Kings Buildings, HRH The Princess Royal saw the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering. Researchers gave a demonstration of the latest facilities for testing the performance of fire protection materials and spoke about research into the spread of forest fires.
The Chancellor also toured the FloWave Ocean Research Facility at Kings Buildings and was given a demonstration of the test tank. The world-class facility - a circular 25 metre pool, 2 metres deep - is designed for testing marine energy devices.
HRH The Princess Royal watched as researchers showed how the tank can recreate waves and currents from coastlines around the UK, Europe and beyond.
The Chancellor also visited the School of Biological Sciences, where she opened the new Wolfson Laboratories.
She was introduced to staff and students who are working to understand and combat a range of infectious diseases.
The Chancellor was also shown some of the work of the University's next generation genome sequencing facility, Edinburgh Genomics, and heard about new investment to enable rapid sequencing of human genomes.
Source: University of Edinburgh