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Office hailed one of best in Britain

100 Queen Street, Glasgow
100 Queen Street, Glasgow

An Aberdeen property company’s prestigious £8.25million project in Glasgow has been hailed as one of the best refurbished offices in the UK.

Esson Properties had already triumphed at the British Council for Offices (BCO) Scottish awards.

The firm is now toasting success in the UK final in London after its seven-storey development at 100 Queen Street in Scotland’s largest city made the top five in its category.

More than 1,300 property industry guests were there to find out the winner.

The Glasgow building, which now has two extra floors following its renovation, was also honoured at last year’s BCO Property Awards.

This year, judges said: “This project successfully overcame the problematic issues of retaining a substantial listed landmark building to deliver excellent office accommodation, with exceptional attention to detail.

“The team embraced every challenge and overcame each obstacle to create some exceptional office accommodation in the city centre.”

Esson Properties chief executive Hunter Esson said: “We are absolutely delighted that the whole team involved in this project has been recognised by the BCO in producing what some regard as one of Glasgow’s most compelling Grade A office buildings in a commanding location overlooking Royal Exchange Square, directly opposite the Gallery of Modern Art.

“This award is significant for a building that keeps on delivering.”

The award-winning property is home to drink company Edrington Group, accountancy firm Mazars, Lindsays Solicitors and Halcyon Fine Art Group. Only one floor of office space and two retail units remain available.

Edrington moved in earlier this year, becoming the building’s leading tenant – occupying the top four floors.

The firm’s new headquarters consilidated head offices that were previously split between Glasgow and Perth, and are now home to Edrington’s board and business units managing spirit brands including The Famous Grouse, The Macallan, Highland Park and Cutty Sark whiskies, Brugal rum and Snow Leopard vodka. Esson Properties’ success continues a good run of form for Aberdeen firms at national awards.

Earlier this year, the Capitol building in the Granite City was named best new office development outside central London by the Office Agents Society.

It was the latest accolade in a string of honours for the Union Street complex, which opened last year after a £35million transformation of the former theatre, cinema and nightclub.

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