Property developer HFD Property Group has adapted their plans for a major office development in Glasgow – to address the changes Covid-19 is set to have on the workplace.

The firm – who’re speaking on our Future of Workplaces Webinar – is bringing forward 177 Bothwell Street which could hold as many as 3,500 staff and deliver £2.8bn in GVA over the next 25 years. This statement project is now being adapted however for “post Covid-19 reality of working life” which will enable occupiers to reach different floors without having to touch any part of the structure with their hands.

This will be done by enhanced “intelligent building technology” which could see mobile phones and tablets used to operate security gates through an app. In addition new filtering methods are also being reviewed.

The firm are also leading the way of health and wellbeing – as they have plans for open space and a running track on the buildings roof.

HFD Property Group Managing Director Stephen Lewis – who is speaking on our Future Workplaces Webinar, said: “As lockdown measures ease and office-based businesses return to work, there is a lot to consider for landlords and occupiers before any kind of normality can resume.”

On the development in general he added: “177 Bothwell Street’s impact spans much further and wider than the jobs created in the building’s construction and the employees working under its rooftop running track. Positive effects of the development will also spread throughout the local economy, from the likes of supplier contracts for IT and office equipment, to increased spend on the building’s extensive neighbouring amenities. While we are still in the early stages of the project, the positive impacts highlighted in this appraisal are a welcome indicator of its future contribution not only to Glasgow, but Scotland too.”

Providing around 313,000 sq. ft. of exceptional Grade A office space, 177 Bothwell Street is due to complete in Q2 2021 and will become Glasgow’s largest single office building. It is the second and final phase of HFD’s wider Bothwell Exchange development, following the delivery of 122 Waterloo Street.

The building will boast several of the property industry’s most highly recognised accreditations, including becoming the first development in Scotland to achieve a ‘Platinum’ WiredScore certification, ensuring future occupiers will have the best connectivity available.

177 Bothwell Street will also feature a rooftop terrace and running track, 318 cycle spaces, electric vehicle charging points, and circadian lighting. Virgin Money has signed a long-term lease, while HFD Group’s serviced office business – Opus – will take more than 65,000 sq. ft. on the building’s ground, first and second floors.