Construction Begins of Student Loans Company New HQ at Glasgow’s Buchanan Wharf.
75,000 sq ft Office set to Complete £500 Million Clydeside Regeneration.
Construction of the final building phase at one of Scotland’s largest ever development projects begins today (Thursday 16 December) with a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of the new headquarters for the Student Loans Company (SLC) at Glasgow’s Buchanan Wharf.
The 75,000 sq ft office building heralds the final transformation of the £500 million Clydeside site, delivered by its property developers, Drum Property Group.
When complete, the whole Buchanan Wharf site will provide prime Grade A office space and residential accommodation together with a mix of local amenities and landscaped public spaces.
Drum announced the deal to bring SLC to the site in September 2021, bringing up to 1,100 staff to the purpose-built office complex as part of a 20-year lease agreement.
The build has subsequently been forward-funded by Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets (LGIMRA), cementing the ongoing and strong relationship with Drum and providing LGIMRA with another regional government office for its portfolio.
Buchanan Wharf is also home to Barclay’s state-of-the-art Northern European campus HQ and an 18-storey, 324-apartment residential complex for Legal & General which completes in 2022.
The new Student Loans Company office HQ is due for completion in 2023 and supports the organisation’s ambition to become a more modern, responsive and sustainable organisation as part of its multi-year transformation programme to deliver an outstanding customer experience through the use of new technology. SLC colleagues will play a lead role in the design of the new office space to optimise opportunities for collaboration and blended working to deliver a new flexible office experience.
Stephen Campbell, Chief Information Officer for the Student Loans Company, said:
“SLC enables people across the UK to invest in their futures through further and higher education, paying loans and grants to approximately two million new and returning students each year.
Our new base at Buchanan Wharf will allow us to create an office environment that will optimise opportunities for collaboration, support future ways of working, helping us to deliver an outstanding customer experience through the use of new technologies.”