Arup becomes latest tenant at 1 West Regent Street

One of the world’s largest professional services firms, Arup Group Limited, has been confirmed as the latest office occupier of 1 West Regent Street, a new Grade A development located in Glasgow city centre.

Arup has taken the entire seventh floor of the property, comprising 13,681 sq ft of office space, on a ten year FRI lease. Arup will move its Glasgow operation from its existing location on Bath Street to 1 West Regent Street later this year.

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services for all aspects of the built environment. Headquartered in London, Arup’s Scottish business has been operating in Glasgow for over 40 years and has been responsible for many notable projects in the city such as the Hydro and Princes Square. The firm works across the UK, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, East Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and has over 11,000 staff based in 92 offices across 42 countries.

1 West Regent Street, which is being developed by Clearbell together with M&G Real Estate, comprises 143,000 sq ft of Grade A office and retail space over eleven levels. The site benefits from a unique location that is not only in Glasgow’s Central Business District but is also near to Queen Street station and adjacent to the Buchanan Quarter retail scheme.

Alan Richmond, director and Glasgow office leader at Arup, said:

“Our growing business in Glasgow requires a modern, high quality space close to the city’s transport hubs where our staff can collaborate with our clients in the delivery of their projects. We are all delighted to be moving to this landmark new development in the heart of the city centre.”

Nick Berry, Partner at Clearbell, added:

“It is great news that we can add Arup, an internationally renowned organisation, to our expanding tenant list. It is a further endorsement of the fantastic space we have on offer at the development and I am sure the firm will find it a fitting home.

“This latest letting is another example of the exceptional quality of the office space and highly accessible location generating interest from a broad mix of high calibre occupiers.”

1 West Regent Street has a double height reception, high quality finishes throughout and open plan, flexible and efficient floor plates which range from 12,818 sq ft to 13,702 sq ft and are virtually column free. It also includes 40 car park spaces and 54 cycle spaces, and has dedicated sports style changing rooms with lockers and high powered showers. It is set to become one of Glasgow’s greenest buildings with EPC ‘A’ and BREEAM ‘Very Good’ ratings expected to be achieved.

Global engineering firm Weir Group PLC and media organisation Global were the first confirmed office tenants and will take occupation later this year. Restaurant and café chain Giraffe was announced as the first retail and leisure operator for the development.

DTZ acted on behalf of Arup Group Ltd whilst JLL and GVA James Barr represented Clearbell and M&G Real Estate.

The scheme has been designed by Ryder Architecture with Sir Robert McAlpine as the main contractor and Woolgar Hunter as engineering consultant.

Leasing enquiries should be directed towards joint agents JLL and GVA James Barr.