CGI has opened a new office in the inovo building, developed by Scottish Enterprise, in Glasgow. The new office boosts the firm’s digital delivery capabilities in the city, and allows it to more easily expand its regional workforce in line with growing demands for its services.
In a bid to create a world class innovation hub focused on, among others, the development of sustainable energy technologies, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Strathclyde worked together to develop their respective inovo building and Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow. The sites provide a place where businesses and academia can collaborate on R&D towards, among others, low carbon and associated enabling technologies. Around £100 million has so far been invested in Glasgow’s new technology and innovation zone.
One of the companies to take advantage of the new innovation zone is CGI. The professional services firm has opened a new Open Digital Services Centre (ODSC) office in the inovo hub, focused on supporting companies across the UK with Open Source software. The new office significantly boosts CGI's tech delivery capacity in Glasgow, where the firm’s initial ODSC presence began in 2013.
The decision to invest in additional capacity is a consequence of the firm’s continued investment in supporting and attracting high-tech talent in the region to its various initiatives, aimed at developing a skilled workforce, including the support of local people with employment and training opportunities. The new office space provides working space for 140 CGI team members initially, which, in line with the firm’s plan for continued expansion in Scotland, comes with an option to more than double capacity to meet requirements. The inovo hub has a ‘BREEAM’ rating of Excellent (BREEAM is a recognised sustainability assessment process for infrastructure and buildings).
Maggie Morrison, Vice President of Scotland at CGI says, “According to e-Skills, the technology industry employs 73,000 people in Scotland, with roughly 40% of those jobs in software. Our ODSC is a world leading facility that will see a significant number of new high-quality software roles. At CGI we are committed to working with Open Source software for clients across the public and private sectors and these are just the type of jobs Scotland’s young talent will benefit from.”