Glasgow office design helps building claim top workplace award

GLASGOW’S 122 Waterloo Street, which is home to Morgan Stanley, has been named Scotland’s top corporate workplace in the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) 2020 awards.

The grade A office building, developed by HFD Property Group, opened in 2018 and has capacity for more than 1,400 employees.

A range of facilities were included in the building’s design, including a gym, restaurant, meditation room and healthcare centre, as well as ergonomic breakout areas, collaboration spaces and conference rooms. The building has an A-rated EPC and a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

The building is the first phase of HFD’s Bothwell Exchange development which also includes 177 Bothwell Street, set to become Glasgow’s largest office.

Michael McDowall, director of HFD Property Group, said, “122 Waterloo Street is situated in the heart of Glasgow’s business district and is among the most sustainable office spaces in Scotland. Employee wellbeing and sustainability are two of the most important factors for office occupiers, and we’re continuing to champion these elements in every HFD project. Contrary to some popular beliefs about the impact of Covid-19 on office-working, we believe the office has an increasingly important role to play in the future of work. Top-quality office space will only become more important for attracting and retaining the best talent.”