Prestige tenancy for council development

Law Society joins blue chip clients at council development

Atria OneThe Law Society of Scotland has sold its offices in Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh to a developer and is relocating to the Atria development at the EICC.

Atria One, owned by the city council and part of a major extension to the conference centre, will be home to 120 staff.

The professional body of Scottish solicitors also works with over 400 volunteers and will occupy suites 1 and 4 on the second floor of Atria One, covering approximately 19,000 sq ft.

It has signed a 15 year lease and plans to be in the building by the end of this year.

Lorna Jack, chief executive of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “Our office move will help us to be relevant and effective in supporting our members, stakeholders and the public in the years ahead.

“fter 47 years, the Law Society offices at Drumsheugh Gardens are increasingly unfit for purpose and expensive to maintain. That is why we have been reviewing our long term office location over the last year. Following that review, it is clear that moving to a new office represents the best decision.

“The legal market is changing and changing fast.  Just as Scottish solicitors are changing the way they work, so too must their professional body.  The new offices in Atria will provide better facilities for members who rely on our services and the hundreds of people who volunteer their time in delivering our regulatory and representative work.”

Atria Edinburgh is a landmark Grade A office development and is home to tenants such as PwC, Brewin Dolphin, Aon and the Green Investment Bank, and is one of the most sustainable and energy efficient properties in Edinburgh.

Councillor Frank Ross, convener of the economy committee, said:  “We are extremely excited to welcome the Law Society to Atria Edinburgh.  It is a prestigious organisation and I’m confident Atria will provide a fitting home whilst allowing it to operate more efficiently and significantly reduce property overheads.

“Both Atria One and Atria Two are getting close to full occupation.  This is further endorsement of the council’s decision to build such a fantastic development in order to create much needed Grade A office space in the city.”

Davidson Chalmers acted on behalf of the Law Society and JLL provided property advice throughout the project.  Montagu Evans represented Edinburgh Council.

Space in both Atria One and Two remains available and is being marketed by joint letting agents JLL and Montagu Evans.

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