City centre letting to global group

UBS takes space in St Andrew Square offices

UBS joins KPV among the latest occupiers at One St Andrew Square

A further letting has been announced for refurbished offices in central Edinburgh.

The Standard Life Pooled Property Pension Fund has let the third floor at 1 St Andrew Square to global financial services company UBS.

It follows the letting of the fourth floor announced last week to German software development company KPV.

Both organisations have signed 10-year leases on a total of 7,700 sq ft of office space. The building is now more than 70% let.

The new offices were designed with a modern ‘defurbished’ warehouse feel, whilst integrating sensitively with the traditional features of the original building.

The fund owns the entire south side of St Andrew Square and has invested more than £90 million in Edinburgh city centre in the past three years.

David Stewart, fund manager of the Standard Life Pooled Property Pension Fund, said:
“After buying the property, we had a vision to create a contemporary office environment which championed high principles of sustainability through creative recycling of the existing building and an extensive redevelopment.

Savills advised the Standard Life Pooled Property Pension Fund, while JLL acted for UBS, and Shepherds for KPV.

Custom House plans submitted

Artisan, the investment partnership driving Edinburgh’s New Waverley project, has submitted a pre-application notice to Glasgow City Council to develop the Custom House site, which links Buchanan Street with the River Clyde waterfront. 

The £90 million plan spans a development area of 2,700 sq.m. and includes the historic sandstone Grade A-Listed Custom House and its former stable block, together with two adjacent tenement buildings straddling the corner of Clyde Street and Dixon Street. 

Artisan purchased the site in August last year and agreed a leasing deal with the Dalata Hotel Group in November to bring Scotland’s first Clayton Hotel to the Custom House – a four-star development including 300 bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities.

A 150-room aparthotel is also planned for the adjacent tenement buildings, together with street level bars and restaurants.

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