Scottish water

Scottish Water National Operations Centre

Project Title: Scottish Water National Operations Centre

Sector: Civic

Client: Scottish Water / Reiach and Hall Architects

Main Contractor: BAM Construction

Location: Stepps, Glasgow

Contract Duration: 6 Months

Package Value: £900k

Completed: 2012

Brief Overview of Project:

The new Scottish Water Headquarters in Stepps provides 6,500m2 of office space, houses 600 staff and serves as a base for the company’s nationwide operations including all data and control activities. The ‘ultra-sustainable’ building has been designed with a large central atrium to maximise the benefit of natural light and ventilation and incorporates advance drainage technology, a biomass boiler, thermal water heating and photovoltaic panels. Externally the building is defined buy the arrangement of brickwork piers, recessed glazing and bridging white precast.

Lesterose successfully completed the Brickwork, Blockwork and Precast package encompassing the advisory design and value engineering of the concrete units as well as an extensive scaffolding system.

Awards & Nominations:

Civic Trust Awards Regional Award 2014 - GIA Awards Office
Commercial Design Award 2013
Brick Development Association Awards - Best Commercial Building 2013 Shortlisted


The landscaping and proximity of the minor buildings on site presented logistical challenges when it came to co-ordinating the installation of the large precast units at each floor level. To overcome this problem Lesterose used a combination of forklifts and cranes to ensure every unit was installed accurately and safely. The method applied in slinging and manoeuvring the precast was recognised by BAM in their World Safety Day entry for 2012.

Further difficulties on this project included the need to provide and maintain safe confined access scaffolding to construct the isolated piers that encompass the building which was achieved by the introduction of bespoke components.