Capital development scoops refurbished workplace prize

CHRIS Stewart Group’s (CSG) Greenside development has won the British Council for Offices (BCO) Refurbished/Recycled Workplace category at the Scotland awards ceremony.

Situated on Edinburgh’s Blenheim Place, the office building was originally constructed in 1989 but had lain empty for a number of years prior to CSG acquiring it in 2016.

A refurbishment programme, carried out by GHI Contracts, lasted nine months. The design was for a “vibrant and innovative” ‘de-furbished’ finish, combining existing materials with new glazing solutions to maximise natural daylight.

CSG said Greenside now offers a “peaceful and contemporary” office environment. In December 2017, Nucleus Financial Ltd moved in occupying 50% of the space, while an additional 20% is now under offer.

Chris Stewart, CEO of Chris Stewart Group said, “Blenheim House, as it was originally known, was a tired and inefficient office building when we bought it in mid-2016. We knew it had potential and I’m delighted with the completed building, now known as Greenside. This award is testimony to the skill and design of the development team, including our internal project team, ISA, Troup Bywaters and Anders, Will Rudd Davidson and PMP.”

A spokesperson from BCO said, “Congratulations to Greenside. Amongst the surrounding bustle of the city, the judges were enchanted by how stylish and discerning design has created an oasis of calm.”