Housebuilder set for Glasgow HQ move

CALA Homes (West) has confirmed it will relocate from its Falkirk HQ to Glasgow, in a move the housebuilder said will ‘firm up’ its commitment to the city and complement its new hybrid working model whilst bringing the team closer to key sites and developments in the west of Scotland.

As the lease on Cala’s current head office at Cairnlee House in Falkirk comes to an end, the relocation will see the team move closer to its core Glasgow and west of Scotland market as it takes up residence in the McLellan Works in Glasgow city centre.

Cala revealed that bringing around its 100-strong HQ workforce into the city centre shows the importance Glasgow plays in both its current business with Jordanhill Park in the west end and Pacific Quay development, and also in terms of future business as the land team is actively seeking more city centre acquisitions for future sites.

The workforce will relocate to the new 5,700 sq ft site on Sauchiehall Street in a bid to provide greater flexibility for the team, with Cala keen to promote a new blend of home and office working, whilst also fostering an office environment that encourages collaborative working and a sustainable travel.

Jim McIntyre, MD of Cala Homes (West), said, “This move creates a real opportunity to strengthen our focus as a west of Scotland business, re-imagine the purpose and profile of our office, and to adapt to new ways of working.”

Dan Mead, head of asset management at Bywater Properties, added, “We’re proud to welcome Cala Homes to McLellan Works this year. Refurbishing the final spaces within the building has been made possible by Cala’s commitment and we look forward to announcing the final new tenants to complete the occupancy of our building soon.

“The financial and people investment that Cala will bring to our part of Sauchiehall Street, and the western side of Glasgow city centre, will help the continuing strengthening of the profile of this area, and add to the vibrant mix of uses, cultural leaders and businesses it offers.”

Johane Murray, partner and head of real estate at Brodies LLP, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to have assisted our client Cala Homes (West) with securing a lease at McLellan Works, as they move forward in their exciting plans for Glasgow and the west.”

Cala Homes (West) enlisted the help of commercial real estate business, Phil Reid Associates, whilst building owner, Bywater Properties, was advised by Cushman & Wakefield and JLL.