Scottish Water Headquarters

The Bridge: an ultra-sustainable, ultra-social new headquarters

BAM built an ultra-sustainable head office for utilities giant Scottish Water in Stepps, near Glasgow.

The four-storey, 7,300m2 building includes a new intelligent control centre and data centre, accommodating 600 staff, behind a deep set façade. This reduces solar gain while also letting plenty of light into the offices, designed around a central atrium to maximise the use of natural ventilation and daylight. 

Project details

  • Customer: Scottish Water
  • Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Architect: Reich and Hall
  • Project management: Scottish Water
  • Structural engineer: Goodson Associates
  • Services engineer: ACOM
  • Value: £16m
  • Floor area: 7300m2
  • Completion: May 2013

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Using resources efficiently during construction

BAM avoided producing waste on site by using prefabricated concrete columns, mechanical and electrical pipework and timber panels.

Our target was to achieve 10% recycled content by value for materials used, which we did by retaining and reusing soil removed for foundations, and by specifying 'eco-friendly' materials for some external works and curtain walling. All timber used on site was from FSC or PEFC-certified timber sources. 


An ultra-sustainable building

The building received an EPC Rating of A, demonstrating it has efficient running costs.

The thermal mass of the concrete frame is used for heating the building, as are a biomass boiler, thermal water heating and photovoltaic panels.

Sustainable urban drainage systems and rainwater harvesting add to the building’s sustainability credentials.

"We are delighted that BAM has completed the construction of our new building, which will serve us well for many years to come and enable us to continue to provide a first-class service to our customers."

Lorna McGregor

Head of Workplace and Property Management, Scottish Water