UK Government Hub handed over in Edinburgh

THE new UK Government Hub at New Waverley in Edinburgh, which will eventually house some 3,000 civil servants, has been officially handed over to the Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell MP.

Part of the New Waverley place-making master plan – delivered by Artisan Real Estate – the Hub is a seven-storey development spanning 190,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space. It comprises two interlinked office buildings.

Features include a landscaped roof area providing panoramic views across the Waverley Valley.

Artisan said that during design and construction phases of the commercial space, up to 267people specialising in roles across the entire built environment spectrum worked on the site. Works included the erection of 15,000 cubic metres of concrete. The facades are clad in Stanton Moor buff sandstone to blend with the surrounding environment.

Clive Wilding, Artisans property director said, “Place-making was at the heart of our plans for this iconic site from the very beginning. With the UK Government Edinburgh Hub at its heart, I am confident that we are delivering what we have set out to achieve – a vibrant community for people to work, rest, and enjoy.

“It has been our pleasure to deliver this project with the support of our construction partner McAleer & Rushe and designers Allan Murray Architects. We are humbled to have played a role in bringing the development to fruition and trust the UK Government will take great pride in calling it their home.”

Shane McCullagh, contracts director at McAleer & Rushe added, “I would like to thank Artisan for providing us with the opportunity to work with them again within their wider New Waverley development. This landmark building is a stand out project for McAleer & Rushe, demonstrating the highest quality and our largest design & build office completed to date. We are extremely proud to have played a key role in creating this new UK Government Hub and look forward to continuing our activities in Scotland with a number of exciting projects between Glasgow and Edinburgh.”