BT to modernise Glasgow office and review Dundee property options

The main Glasgow office of BT is set for a multi-million-pound refurbishment as the city was today revealed as a key location in the company’s future plans.

Alexander Bain House, Glasgow (Image by Jeff Holmes)

It’s expected that hundreds more colleagues from across BT Group, which includes UK digital network business Openreach, will move into the Clydeside building over the next few years.

The company is a founding partner and one of the first tenants of Glasgow’s International Financial Services District (IFSD). The office, known as Alexander Bain House, currently houses around 1,000 colleagues.

Dundee has also been announced as a key location for the company where it currently employs around 1,200 people. BT plans to review its property options in the city, which could involve looking for a new home for its operations and will work with partners, including Dundee City Council, to review opportunities.

Glasgow and Dundee are the latest key locations to be unveiled in the UK as part of BT’s ‘Better Workplace Programme’ – the largest workplace improvement and consolidation scheme of its type ever undertaken in the UK.

The five-year programme will improve and consolidate BT’s footprint of more than 300 locations to around 30, including corporate offices, contact centres and specialist sites.

Jane Wood, BT Group director, Scotland, said: “This is a real sign of BT’s continued commitment to Scotland.

“Although many of us have been working from home successfully over the past few months, we also know that modern office environments are vital. I’m so pleased we are able to announce this investment and expansion at a time when it’s more important than ever to demonstrate our confidence in Scotland’s ability to make a sustainable recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Graeme Paton, BT’s managing director, property and facility services, added: “Our new and refurbished office locations in Scotland will bring our people together in impressive and modern environments, transforming the way we work. Our colleagues will benefit from working in future-fit offices.”

The Better Workplace Programme will deliver a combination of refurbishments and new offices. The programme is due to complete in 2024.

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