Contract Award: Registers of Scotland
Registers of Scotland (RoS) has appointed akp Scotland to fit out their new smart working infrastructure platform at St Vincent Plaza, in Glasgow.
Akp has started on site with completion due early next year. The works involve the creation of a flexible working environment to support RoS business transformation to using digital processes and a significant investment in staff well-being.
The platform uses space more efficiently and will allow for more collaboration and sharing between users with leading-edge IT and audio visual (AV) technology, so users can connect more easily with colleagues in other locations.
Akp will be delivering a number of specially designed joinery items to be installed throughout for unique design concepts in furniture, meeting rooms and booths, project and touchdown areas and café facilities. These will be integrated with an ambitious IT, AV, lighting and acoustic engineering solution.
Billy Harkness, the corporate services director at RoS, said: “Once complete, this project will provide our people with a modern and flexible working environment that reflects our ambition for RoS. With our 400th anniversary also taking place next year, this is an exciting time for the organisation as we look to our digital future.”
Martin Rowley, joint managing director of akp, commented: “We look forward to working with Cushman & Wakefield, Graven Images and Atelier Ten in completing this highly innovative project for Registers of Scotland.
“Having recently completed the fit-out within St Vincent Plaza for client Whyte & Mackay, the akp team has a good knowledge of the building layout and an in-depth understanding of the services and logistics within. We feel this will prove invaluable to the delivery of the Registers of Scotland project.”
Akp’s contract with Registers of Scotland follows a series of recent projects. These include the Scotch Whisky Association’s relocation to a modern city centre development at the Quartermile, in Edinburgh, as well as an office expansion for the Green Investment Bank. Other high-profile jobs include work at the iconic A-listed Georgian building, The Stamp Office.
RoS is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish government which employs more than 1,000 staff and is responsible for compiling and maintaining records relating to property and other legal documents. The two main registers, the Register of Sasines and the Land Register, contain records relating to the ownership of land and property in Scotland.
The land register is a state-guaranteed map-based register which is gradually replacing the sasine register as the Scottish national land register. These two main registers dominate the work of Registers of Scotland. The remaining registers deal with a variety of legal documentation, from personal debt and bankruptcy to commercial contracts, wills and separation agreements.
RoS has embarked on a radical Business Transformation Programme to enable it to become a much more modern and digital organisation. This will affect almost everything it does and creating a smart working infrastructure is a key part of supporting this transformation.