The Edinburgh office of UK top 50 and leading Scottish law firm Brodies LLP has become the first project in Scotland to achieve WELL certification at the platinum level by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), in recognition of its health and wellbeing considerations for colleagues and visitors.
The status was awarded to the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of Capital Square in Edinburgh's Exchange District, which Brodies has occupied since January 2022.
The WELL standard, of which platinum is the pinnacle, is a global rating system for buildings, interior spaces and communities that recognises the characteristics of built spaces and their impact on the health and wellbeing of occupants. It measures seven attributes that impact health – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
The Capital Square building, a premier 122,000 sq ft office development constructed by BAM Properties in partnership with Hermes Investment Management, is also designed to a BREEAM 'excellent' rating, EPC A and to the British Council of Offices standard for a 'Category A' building.
Earlier this year, the British Council of Offices awarded Brodies with the best fit out in Scotland for Capital Square, which features a range of flexible collaboration spaces, individual work areas and spaces for hosting seminars, training sessions, virtual courtrooms and podcast recordings.
Nick Scott, Brodies’ managing partner, said: "Our firm's investment in Capital Square is underpinned by a commitment to embracing new ways of working in the years ahead. It is a tangible example of our investment in our colleagues and their careers. Having an office that is designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of all those who work in and visit our premises is key to delivering our firm's strategic plans and this award-winning standard is now something we are bringing to our other locations.
"The WELL certification at platinum level is testament to the premium design and build skills of Capital Square's creators. Their vision has enabled us to deliver on those things that we consider to be important for our colleagues, and for our clients, now and in the future."