Edinburgh building recognised for digital infrastructure

AN Edinburgh office building has become the first in the city to win a top industry certification for its digital infrastructure and technology-focused design.

Caledonian Exchange, marketed jointly by Knight Frank and Eric Young & Co, has been awarded a Wired Certified Silver rating, which recognises buildings “excelling” in the implementation of digital technology.

The building, located by the western approach to the city centre, has undergone a £120,000 refurbishment project. Current tenants include property and planning consultancy, Rapleys; recruitment firm, Hudson; engineering consultancy, Mott MacDonald; law firm, Lindsays and telecommunications company, AT&T.

Macmillan Cancer Support recently expanded its operations in Edinburgh by taking 4,533 sq. ft. at Caledonian Exchange.

Simon Capaldi, office agency partner at Knight Frank said, “The demand for high-quality office space is at an all-time high in Edinburgh; especially as the city looks to accommodate the requirements of more tech start-ups and a rise in activity within the fintech sector. Caledonian Exchange’s recent Wired Certification highlights digital connectivity is increasingly a priority for landlords in both new build office accommodation, and refurbishment projects like this one. The certification is a well-deserved accolade for the office building, which has attracted a great deal of interest since the completion of its refurbishment.”

William Newton, president and EMEA MD at WiredScore added, “Caledonian Exchange is a strong example of a building which has been refurbished with technology and connectivity front of mind. Commercial property continues to play a vital role in the development of smart cities, and Caledonian Exchange is a perfect example of this trend. It’s the first in Edinburgh to receive WiredScore accreditation – a huge congratulations to all involved.”

Neil McConachie, partner at Eric Young & Co, said, “As well as Caledonian Exchange having one of the best car parking ratios in the city centre (one per 639 sq. ft.), and being very accessible by train, bus and tram, it’s great that we are now also recognised as having great IT connectivity.”