UK Government hub in Edinburgh officially completed

The UK Government has announced the completion of its new flagship hub in Edinburgh, designed to accommodate around 3,000 civil servants.

Building contractor Artisan handed over the keys last June following the completion of physical building works, and the internal fitting out work was completed by HMRC this week.

The seven-storey, 190,000 square feet, ultra-modern office space, located near Waverley Station in the heart of Edinburgh, is now officially complete and ready for occupation.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack marked the completion with a tour of the facility, which includes Scotland’s first dedicated UK Government Cabinet meeting room, by UK government ministers David Duguid and Iain Stewart as well the Advocate General for Scotland, Lord Keen.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland (OSSS) and the Office of the Advocate General, will be joined in the hub by other UK Government departments and bodies including HMRC, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and the Government Actuary’s Department. Additional UK government departments are expected to confirm occupancy in the coming months.

The OSSS continues to work with partners to ensure the building is fully occupied as quickly as possible once COVID-19 conditions allow.

Work is also underway on a Glasgow Hub.