Work well underway on Scottish Water’s new National Operations Centre

Worth £15 million, construction work on Scottish Water’s National Operations Centre and replacement Glasgow office accommodation is expected to be complete by summer this year.

The new state-of-the-art facility is adjacent to the Buchanan Gate Business Park in Stepps, near Glasgow. It will replace Scottish Water’s current Glasgow offices at Balmore Road in the Possilpark area of the city, which were deemed unsuitable for future business needs.

Scottish Water is a publicly owned company, answerable to the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland – they provide 1.3 billion litres of drinking water every day and take away 840 million litres of waste water daily.

When complete the multimillion pound investment will host enhanced technology – allowing for a much improved customer experience, reducing supply issues and providing faster responses. The new offices will also provide staff with a fit-for-purpose, energy-efficient, low-carbon work place for many years to come.

BAM Construction has been building the facility – which is designed to meet current and future business needs.

Speaking on BAM’S initial appointment, BAM Scotland’s regional pre-construction manager Paul Neil said:

“We were delighted to be selected as preferred bidder for this strategically and environmentally important building.

“The project has allowed BAM to showcase its expertise and experience in designing cost effective, highly sustainable and user friendly office buildings.”

The new facility is a three-storey, 7300 square meter building located on the north east outskirts of Greater Glasgow, close to the motorway network.

It will also feature a biomass boiler, thermal water heating and photovoltaic panels – which utilises renewable energy to provide heating, hot water and electricity from wood pellets and sunlight.

BAM will also use sustainable urban drainage systems and rainwater harvesting to further boost the building’s environmental performance.

BAM Scotland’s regional director Ken Irving said:

“Initially we constructed the foundations for the building and major earthworks took place to form a level surface for the car park. As part of our recycling targets, all the 30,000 cubic square meters of earth have remained on the site rather than being removed. This has greatly reduced construction traffic on the local roads.

“We are delighted to be working with Scottish Water on their new leading-edge facility. As the site is adjacent to our own offices we also look forward to welcoming them as neighbours once the building has been completed.”

BAM Construction was the firm that previously built the stunning Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum in Glasgow and refurbished the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The property branch of the company was behind the Clarion Building, the recent sale of prime retail space in Buchanan Street and is developing 110 Queen Street.

The company has been in business in Britain since 1874, adopting BAM brand of parent company Royal BAM Group In 2008.  Speaking about the firm, Chief Executive Graham Cash said:

“New buildings will always be built. How well they are built is dependent on the quality of the people involved.

“That’s where BAM comes into its stride and that’s why the company is an industry leader that has secured some of the UK’s most prestigious buildings.”

About the author

Roma Publications

Leave a Comment