Complete with retail, leisure facilities...and a golf course!
In less than two years, Maxim has risen from the remnants of the Chunghwa Picture Tubes site to become the UK’s largest speculative office development, with the potential to attract 8,000 jobs. The £330 million development now provides 10 international class office buildings with more than 756,000 sq ft of grade A office space enclosed in a landscaped environment offering a range of amenities and leisure facilities – including a PGA accredited nine-hole putting green.
With the site nearing completion, the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond joined more than 400 guests in celebrating its swift progress and heralding an exciting future for the site.
“The major development, which is the largest speculative build project of its kind in the UK, demonstrates great confidence in both the Scottish economy and North Lanarkshire’s highly skilled, versatile workforce," said Salmond. "This substantial 756,000 sq feet office park has the capacity to serve as a hub for enterprise in North Lanarkshire, providing opportunities for new and developing businesses to prosper at its prime location at Eurocentral.
“The Scottish Government is doing all it can to counter the recession, maximise employment and to secure a strong recovery from the economic downturn. New facilities such as Maxim Office Park play a key role in supporting the economic recovery through providing quality, modern facilities for enterprises, attracting investment and promoting Scotland as a great place to live, work and do business.”
The Maxim development is entirely privately funded by a partnership bringing together Tritax group and the Bank of Scotland and has seen a number of high profile lettings so far.
The initial three office buildings are now complete, together with a wide range of shops and leisure facilities including a nine-hole putting green. Chief executive of Maxim, Karen Campbell, said: “In just less than two years Maxim has risen from the ground on a scale unprecedented in Scotland, and indeed the UK. We are justifiably proud of what we have created here in Lanarkshire, offering businesses the opportunity for an unparalleled working lifestyle."
Of the design, Christian Van Dee, associate Keppie Design, who designed the park said:
"We are extremely proud of our team's achievements at Maxim Office Park. The park is leading edge in terms of workplace design and the understated class of the building designs will ensure its longevity. To achieve an Œexcellent¹ environment rating for Scotland's largest speculative office building within a very tight budget and short timescale has been a real achievement. We're looking forward to the park opening so that we can see the environment come to life."