We were handed the keys to our newest building this week, signalling the start of an improved level of service from Scotland’s environmental watchdog.
The Angus Smith Building, based at Maxim Office Park at Eurocentral in North Lanarkshire, has first-class laboratory work space and will allow us to bring together over 300 staff from related disciplines into a single, modern, fit-for-purpose facility, enhancing our integrated and co-ordinated approach to environmental protection and improvement.
Taking in staff from our existing East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Stirling and Perth offices, the new building is also on track to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating, so will help us reduce our environmental footprint and meet the objectives of our overarching estate strategy and Greening SEPA targets. Work on the Angus Smith Building was overseen by principal contractor, Bowmer and Kirkland.
Angus Smith, born in Glasgow in 1817, was the world’s first environmental regulator and we believe the building will be a fitting tribute to his world-leading and groundbreaking innovation.
James Curran, Chief Executive of SEPA, said: “While our focus is on making Scotland a better place to live and work, we also want to demonstrate our drive to achieve best value for taxpayers, and our charge payers, with the resources available to us. Moving to the Angus Smith Building will not only help us meet this goal, but allow us to enhance the way we do business and improve our services.
“We want to provide the best possible working environment for our staff and the new facility will allow easier staff communication, better transfer of knowledge, more efficient working and greater resilience. These factors will be vital in meeting our organisational objectives and tackling future challenges.”
Neil Shaw, Area Manager of Bowmer and Kirkland, said: “Bowmer and Kirkland are delighted to have been given this opportunity to work closely with SEPA to deliver this fantastic new facility at the Angus Smith Building, continuing their on-going involvement at the prestigious Maxim Office Park Development at Eurocentral.”
The first members of staff are due to move in to the Angus Smith Building this week, with the full workforce due to be in by early October.