CONTRACTORS have started work to prepare the interiors at the new headquarters of Scotland’s environment watchdog.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), which last year took a 20-year lease at the Maxim Office Park in North Lanarkshire, has awarded a fit-out contract to Bowmer & Kirkland.
All staff from SEPA’s East Kilbride office will be based in the new 60,000 sq. ft. building and will be joined by a number of staff from its other offices in Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth. The complex will bring a number of SEPA’s operations under one roof and will incorporate a laboratory to complement a sister facility in Aberdeen.
Using similar themes and materials to the Aberdeen operation, the new premises at Maxim will house at least 350 staff across four floors with design features such as a communal hub in the atrium to link the labs and office space and ‘thinking pods’ for employees.
John Ford, SEPA’s finance and corporate services director, said: “The building will provide an operational base for many of our regulatory teams in Central Scotland, an excellent working environment for several related national functions, and a brand new, first class laboratory facility.”