BDO modernises Edinburgh office for hybrid working

29 June 2022 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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Professional services firm BDO has re-opened its Edinburgh office, following a major refurbishment project. The firm has fitted the locale with state-of-the-art technology, to foster hybrid working.

BDO has two Scottish offices, one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh. From those hubs, its 175 professional staff advise a wide range of clients including local owner managed businesses, mid to large sized private and listed groups, individuals, public sector organisations, pension schemes and their trustees and not-for-profit entities across Scotland, the UK and internationally. 

As BDO prepares for a period of high demand across Scotland, with the economy looking to build back post-pandemic, the firm has been investing in both locales. Earlier in the year, BDO announced a new 10-year lease, committing to an 8,000 square-foot space at 2 Atlantic Square in Glasgow, which the team will move in to in August 2022.

BDO modernises Edinburgh office for hybrid working

Following this, BDO has also announced a major renovation of its Edinburgh wing. After a refurbishment of its 6,600 square-foot office, the firm will now welcome 60 employees into its newly remodelled space at City Point, Haymarket Terrace.

Martin Gill, Head of BDO in Scotland, said, “For us to be able to support the ambitious, growing businesses that we partner with as clients, we know we need a working environment and culture that attracts and retains the brightest, most ambitious talent. This is just one in a series of positive investment announcements in the Scottish market as we look to create jobs and support sustainable growth of our clients and our own business over the coming years.”

The major refurbishment by BDO aims to better accommodate hybrid working among its staff. The new layout is designed with more areas to work collaboratively, with new working areas and technology to support hybrid meetings. At the same time, BDO hopes the move will allow for headcount growth in the period ahead.

BDO’s Edinburgh refurbishment is part of a wider shift across the firm’s UK offices to also allow for hybrid working. So far, according to Gill, this commitment has seen BDO sink £10 million in technology and more than £8 million to repurpose its UK office spaces. Another example of this refitting campaign came in BDO’s Bristol wing, where, as well as more collaborative working areas, it also added state-of-the-art technology to support hybrid meetings and multi-locational events.