Refurbishment project aims to tackle Edinburgh office shortage

NFU Mutual has started a major transformation project on a prime Edinburgh city centre office development.

Once complete, 80 George Street will provide six levels of Grade A office space and is one of only two major office development projects scheduled to complete in Edinburgh city centre this year.

The £4 million programme of works is set to include a refurbishment and enhancement of the main entrance and reception, common parts and external fabric. The office suites will be converted to open plan space with high quality finishes, new linear plank ceilings and integrated lighting. Floors 1 and 2 will be finished with a de-furbished ceiling approach, while M&E services will also be replaced throughout.

The basement will include new health and wellbeing facilities such as showers and gym-style changing areas, lockers, a drying room and cycle store area.

The project team includes building contractor akp Scotland, architect Michael Laird Associates and project manager PSK.

Anne Hurrell, NFU Mutual asset manager said, “The current demand for high quality Grade A office space in Edinburgh gave us the confidence to invest in a significant refurbishment project at 80 George Street. We are excited by the plans for the scheme and are looking forward to seeing the new and improved building take shape as the works progress.”

JLL has been appointed as the sole letting agent. Ben Reed, director of JLL in Edinburgh added, “The building is undergoing a complete transformation including a stunning renovation of the reception area, office floorplates and common parts. It has been designed to meet the evolving needs of the modern workforce and is situated in a highly desirable location within the city. The spectacular roof terrace on the 6th floor with panoramic views across the city provides an inspiring backdrop to the workplace.

“Edinburgh currently has a severe supply shortage with only one new build development available and expected to complete before 2020. 80 George Street is therefore ideally placed to capitalise on the lack of supply.”

George Dillet, akp Scotland business unit manager said, “This prestigious project award for akp in Edinburgh emphasises what we are about and the work ethic we champion – building pride. The akp team has worked on numerous listed buildings and properties of special interest and this contract award follows on from the extensive refurbishment and fit-outs completed on other buildings.”