On the Move
23 February 2006
Train operator First ScotRail is on the move – literally.
The company has leased premises at Atrium Court in Waterloo Street, Glasgow, as its new headquarters.
The agreement includes the ground and first floors of the prestigious building.
First ScotRail’s internal Training Academy is set to make the move by the end of February, with other departments scheduled to be in by 20 March.
More than 150 staff will transfer, with departments ranging from operational to commercial, marketing, and human resources as well as service quality, finance, and business planning.
It is expected a small number of key operational staff will remain at the current head office at Caledonian Chambers, Union Street, due to its proximity to Glasgow Central Station.
First ScotRail’s neighbours within Atrium Court will be Scottish Enterprise, Cable and Wireless, Career Scotland, and Target Innovation.
Mary Dickson, managing director of First ScotRail said: “Atrium Court meets our needs in all respects.”
She added: “Our staff culture is changing to one where customers definitely come first. This process will be strengthened by the modern, open-plan environment that encourages staff to really talk and support each other.”
Andrew Saunders, director of Hartley Cowley & Company, the chartered surveyors and commercial property consultants who negotiated the deal on behalf of First ScotRail, said: “The building is a major departure from Caledonian Chambers, the current HQ. It will assist in taking the company forward and changing the culture of the business due to the open plan nature of the space.”
Mr Saunders added: “In conjunction with the acquisition, landlords CSERE Atrium Ltd are undertaking a major refurbishment of the common parts which will further enhance this landmark property. First ScotRail is currently fitting out and is due to move in at the end of March 2006.”
A new 10 year lease has been negotiated on a Full Repairing and Insuring basis – with a tenant option to extend for a further 5 years.
Audrey Dobson of DTZ acted for the landlords CSERE Atrium Ltd.