SOCIAL Security Scotland has taken a 20-year lease to become the first tenants at Dundee’s waterfront regeneration programme.
The Earl Grey Building, which sits beside the V&A Dundee, will provide enough space for 900 Social Security Scotland employees, the public body said – adding that its presence in the city alone has the potential to contribute up to £100 million to the wider Scottish economy when supply chain and spending of wages effects are taken into account.
The £40 million building was constructed by Robertson Tayside, with work beginning in 2017 and being completed in May 2019. It offers 50,000 square feet of Grade A office space and two retail units on the ground floor.
Commenting on Social Security Scotland’s growing presence in Dundee, cabinet secretary for social security, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said, “I’m pleased to confirm that we have secured premises for our permanent head office in Dundee for our growing new public service. This will create new jobs and boost the local economy, as well as provide a social security system that is accessible and meets the needs of those who use it.
“Social Security Scotland has been operating in the city since the summer of 2018. Securing this space further establishes our presence and investment in Dundee, demonstrating our commitment to the city’s ongoing regeneration.
“I look forward to seeing staff and clients making use of this great new space when it’s ready and Covid-19 guidelines say it’s safe to do so.”
David Wallace, chief executive of Social Security Scotland, added, “I’m excited that we have secured this site for our Dundee headquarters – a building with this capacity, accessibility and close proximity to transport links is rare.
“This building gives us three sites in the city. Each building is in a central location served by a range of transport options, and great care has been taken to ensure our accommodation is accessible for people with varying abilities. Each Social Security Scotland facility will offer a space where staff and clients feel welcome.
“This is the next big step in establishing Social Security Scotland as a major employer in the city. We’re looking forward to moving in and offering jobs and contracts that will help boost the local economy and further regeneration of this great city.”