First UK Government hub opens in Scotland

A new flagship UK Government hub has been officially completed in Edinburgh.

The seven-storey, 190,000 square-feet, ‘ultra-modern’ office space near Waverley train station will house nearly 3,000 civil servants from 11 departments.

An official handover ceremony took place last year when Artisan completed the physical building works, prior to the internal fitting out work commencing. The building is now ready for occupation.

The Scottish Secretary, Alister Jack, said on the opening, “Less than three weeks ago the Prime Minister came to Scotland to reaffirm his unwavering commitment to strengthening the United Kingdom and the completion of Queen Elizabeth House is a further visible and tangible sign of the UK Government delivering on this.”

Mr Jack added that is looking forward to seeing the UK Government’s ‘expanded and more co-ordinated presence’ in Scotland deliver ‘even better services for people and businesses’.

Work is also underway on a Glasgow UK Government hub. The government said that the Edinburgh and Glasgow hubs are a ‘key’ part of their commitment to delivering ‘excellent’ public services for people in Scotland, building a strong civil service outside London and leading the way in regional regeneration.