Balfour Beatty to close seven offices in Scotland

Balfour Beatty is closing all but one of its offices in Scotland in a move partly aimed at cutting costs. 

The company, which has existing sites in locations including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Shotts, is relocating all its Scottish offices into a single regional base at the Maxim Office Park at Eurocentral off the M8.

Balfour Beatty is involved in a number of landmark projects in Scotland including a new railway station at the Dundee Waterfront project and the Aberdeen city bypass. The company said that the move will “greatly enhance the collaborative offering across the Scottish markets” by bringing together a number of business units and functions under one roof. It also said the office consolidation will significantly reduce the cost of its Scottish office footprint across the central belt of the country by bringing together a number of business units and enabling functions in to one location.

Commenting on the plans, a Balfour Beatty spokesperson said: “As part of its Build to Last transformation programme, Balfour Beatty is consolidating seven of its existing offices in Scotland in to one modern, state- of- the- art office located within the Maxim Business Park at Eurocentral between Edinburgh and Glasgow.” 

The company’s ‘Build to Last’ programme was launched by chief executive Leo Quinn two years ago aimed at returning the business to profit. In 2015 Balfour Beatty made a £199m loss but returned to profit last year. At the launch of the company’s full-year results in March this year Quinn said that the transformation of Balfour Beatty is well underway.

Maxim Office park said that Balfour Beatty’s decision to take around 43,600 square feet across three levels of the Maxim 7 building on a ten-year lease marks the biggest office letting at a business park in the west of Scotland in the past year.

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