Heriot-Watt University is a science and engineering-based institution which, throughout its history, has been committed to recognising the needs of industry whilst maintaining high academic standards. Its particular strengths lie in the fields of electronic and computer technology, biotechnology, offshore and petroleum engineering, electro-optics, photonics, mathematics and distance learning. The Research Park offers a mixture of owner-occupied, custom-designed laboratories and advance laboratory accommodation in units varying in size from 100 to 2,230 square metres. The former buildings are of single-storey construction and designed to provide the maximum degree of flexibility in internal arrangement. The emphasis is upon providing a pleasing but functional structure allowing the maximum flexibility, control and security for each company, as well as allowing each organisation to establish its own identity.