Atria Edinburgh, the City of Edinburgh Council’s landmark Grade A office development has achieved completion on time and on budget. An opening ceremony was held last night (2 May) in recognition of this achievement.
It is reported to be the largest speculative Grade A office building to be developed in the UK outside London, and is already 33% let with two leading financial services occupiers taking space.
The development designed by BDP comprises 200,000 sq ft of accommodation, and marks the completion of the city’s Exchange business district. It is split between two buildings, Atria One providing highly efficient, flexible floorplates over seven floors and the smaller Atria Two providing office space split over two levels.
It is unsurpassed in sustainable commercial development in Edinburgh with Atria One on target to achieve BREEAM Excellent. It benefits from green sedum roofs, low E glazing, energy efficient lifts, electric car charging spaces and an abundance of cycle spaces.
Set in the shadow of Edinburgh castle and adjacent to the city centre world heritage site the scheme required sensitive negotiation with the planning authority, Historic Scotland and amenity groups.
The development has been undertaken alongside an expansion of the adjacent Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), also designed by BDP and which is set to open over the coming weeks.