UK completes new flagship hub Queen Elizabeth House

WCN Editorial Team 11 Aug 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The UK government has announced the completion of its new flagship hub, Queen Elizabeth House, in Edinburgh.

Located near Waverley Station in the heart of Edinburgh, the 190,000ft2 hub is intended to deliver a bigger, better and more coordinated service to businesses and people.

The seven-storey hub features ultra-modern office space with the capacity to house nearly 3,000 civil servants from 11 departments.

UK-based developer Artisan served as the building contractor for the Queen Elizabeth House, construction on which was completed last year. The internal fitting out has now been completed.

The project was delivered by the Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a non-ministerial department of the UK Government responsible for the collection of taxes.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “Less than three weeks ago the Prime Minister came to Scotland to reaffirm his unwavering commitment to strengthening the United Kingdom and the completion of Queen Elizabeth House is a further visible and tangible sign of the UK Government delivering on this.”

The new hub will house the civil servants from departments including Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland (OSSS), and Office of the Advocate General as well as other UK Government departments and bodies, including HMRC, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, the Office for Statistics Regulation, the Information Commissioner’s Office, and the Government Actuary’s Department.

In the coming months, additional UK government departments are expected to confirm their respective occupancy at the hub.

The Edinburgh Hubs, together with the Glasgow hub that is under construction, are expected to be a key part of the country’s efforts to deliver enhanced public services for people in Scotland.

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Queen Elizabeth House was visited by Scottish Secretary Alister Jack. (Credit: Crown copyright/gov.uk)

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