‘Landmark’ Stirling office building shortlisted for top award

STIRLING Development Agency (SDA) is celebrating after its recently completed development at Kildean Business Park was shortlisted for the 2023 Scottish Property Awards in the Commercial Development of the Year category.

The £22.4 million bespoke office building was developed for M&G in Stirling. Providing 77,380 sq ft of office space across three floors, the building has been described as setting the standard for sustainable office development in Stirling and Scotland’s central belt.

Built on a six-acre riverside site close to the entrance of Kildean Business Park, the building has been designed to BCO 2019 standards, accredited ‘BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and achieved an EPC ‘B’ rating.

All-electric infrastructure and VRF air conditioning adds to the site’s green credentials.

Designed by Michael Laird Architects, features include enhanced thermal insulation and air source heat pump technology. By using point of use domestic hot water heaters, low energy equipment, LED lighting and high-performance building materials, the property is designed to allow M&G to reduce its environmental footprint.

Additional amenities include outdoor meeting and eating areas, an exercise zone, a pilates area, and raised bed gardens for the staff gardening club.

Externally, there are 280 car parking spaces, including 62 EV charging bays, on-site coach parking, 88 bike racks plus locker spaces with changing and shower facilities.

David Lawrence, head of strategic projects, Europe at Cromwell Property Group and SDA board member, said, “Our vision is to create an environmentally friendly business park offering sustainable workspace within a green landscape. The new office building is a great example of our collaborative approach to development and commitment to sustainability.

“It is another major step forward in the on-going growth of Kildean Business Park and we are hugely honoured for it to be shortlisted for this award. The new building will offer a contemporary and modern working environment, but crucially all set within a highly sustainable office, with significantly reduced operational energy demand. This is of particular importance given the environmental benefits of reduced energy consumption.”

Stephen Brewer, project director of Michael Laird Architects, added, “This development has created a new landmark for Stirling. Sustainability has been a core focus during the design and development of this project, to meet occupier requirements for low emissions and a reduction in environmental footprint through careful material specification and high-quality construction of the external envelope to meet and exceed minimum standards for insulation and airtightness.

“Strong rustic brick and metallic bronze-coloured windows combine to create a contemporary Scottish aesthetic in this magnificent setting. Completing this project is a significant milestone and we are very proud of the sustainability credentials it has achieved.”

Craig Watson, director of JLL, the letting agent for SDA at Kildean Business Park, commented, “Kildean is one of the most sustainable and green business parks in Scotland. We anticipate that it will be an attractive prospect for many occupiers due to the high specification, strong environmental credentials and excellent connectivity.”