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Health unit moving to sprawling park

Maxim secures tenant, but remains largely empty

Maxim Office ParkMaxim Office Park, the sprawling speculative development alongside the M8 near Glasgow, has secured a new tenant.

The Digital Health and Care Institute (DHI) is to relocate to the park from the Appleton Tower in Crichton Street, Edinburgh.

DHI is taking 5,000 sq ft within Maxim 3 and will be operational on-site from next month.

Established by NHS24, the University of Edinburgh and the Glasgow School of Art, the DHI encourages innovation and collaboration in digital health to better prepare Scotland’s health services for the challenges of an ageing population.

With the support of major funding from the Scottish Government, it explores new technological opportunities to promote better health and deliver a higher level of care.

The DHI said it was attracted by Maxim’s strategic location between Glasgow and Edinburgh on the edge of the M8, with easy access to international airports.  The close proximity to the motorway also provides good links to hospitals and academic institutions across the country.

Justene Ewing, chief executive of the DHI, said: “In order to expand the DHI and promote the convergence of the technological and digital arena with healthcare in Scotland, we were seeking a flexible and modern property that boasted a great location as well as high quality office space and the opportunity for future growth.

“Maxim Office Park ticks all of these boxes for us and I am confident we have made a great choice in where to base our key activity hub.”

DHI’s move will be another relief to the owners of Maxim Office Park which has been only partially occupied since it was opened in 2007 on the site of the Chunghwa picture tubes factory.

It was Europe’s biggest speculative office development, offering 750,000 sq ft and attracted a host of big name investors including former Motherwell owner John Boyle. But for years it struggled to find tenants.

Tenants include heating and ventilation company Vaillant, construction consultancy Currie & Brown and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. SEPA took 58,600 sq ft on four floors of one block. But most of the development remains unoccupied. The space on offer ranges from 2,000 sq ft small suites to an entire 187,200 sq ft building.

Maxim director Craig Ritchie, said: “We have a wide variety of businesses based at the park, from insurance brokers and boiler manufacturers to a biotechnology firm and a large scale public sector operation.”

Ryden and Cushman & Wakefield represented Maxim Office Park and GVA James Barr acted on behalf of the DHI.

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