Turner & Townsend takes the next step

Published: 15 October 2018

Project management consultancy Turner & Townsend recently relocated to Atria One in Edinburgh due to business expansion. We spoke to director Gary Easton.

Your business in brief?

Turner & Townsend operate worldwide to help deliver major programmes and projects across the real estate, infrastructure and natural resources industries.

Edinburgh is a critical location for us, bringing our global expertise to bear, supporting Scottish clients develop a range of projects which provide a positive impact to the Scottish economy and public services.

Gary Easton, director, Turner and Townsend

 

We work on some of the world‘s biggest capital and asset management programmes – from supporting the expansion of London’s Heathrow airport, to the new V&A museum in Dundee.

From our UK base, we operate 108 offices in 45 markets, employing over 5,000 people. We established our Scottish business in 1975 and have built a team of 180 consultants across offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

What makes Edinburgh an attractive market for you?

Edinburgh is a critical location for us, bringing our global expertise to bear, supporting Scottish clients develop a range of projects which provide a positive impact to the Scottish economy and public services.

In particular, we have a strong heritage in education, commercial offices, health, transport and utilities industries, for which the city is an important hub. Our expertise in global oil and gas programmes also makes Scotland a natural base for our natural resources business.

In the capital itself, we work on several of the city’s most high profile projects, including The IMPACT CentreHMRC’s New Waverley and Edinburgh Trams to Leith.

Atria One is a landmark Grade A office development located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Exchange District, the leading business and financial area.

What's the rationale behind the move? What presence will you have at Atria One?

We’ve recently relocated to Atria One in the Exchange District – making sure that we remain central to the city’s business community.

Location was important for us, ensuring that we’re accessible for our people and our clients. At the same time, though, the space and environment in the workplace itself has been a guiding factor in the move. 

As a business, we rely on close collaboration across teams to exchange ideas and drive innovation to deliver better outcomes. Atria One offers that space for us, providing an exceptional environment from which to support our clients.

What's the vision for your business?

Turner and Townsend's Edinburgh office is strategically significant, servicing their three core markets – Real Estate, Infrastructure and Natural Resources.

We want to be known for our ability to deliver world-class projects that respond to the needs of local markets, bringing not just capacity, but insight and expertise. This makes a difference on complex programmes – whether it’s a state-of-the-art hospital complex, or a new transport link.

Doing so relies on our ability to attract and build a great talent programme in our people – which are our greatest asset. We invest in our team and in the future workforce – employing 220 graduates and apprentices around the globe and five of them in Edinburgh.

We are committed to delivering great outcomes from our project work and opportunities for career development for local people.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.

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