Scottish Power – the Big Six energy provider and renewable generator – has opened a single, central new head office in Glasgow which brings together 1,650 employees previously spread across a number of separate sites in Scotland.
The 12-storey building – which is the largest single-use office to be built in Glasgow for 25 years – will also act as the company’s global base for offshore wind. Glasgow-based experts will work to deliver major projects not only in the UK, but also in the United States, Germany and France.
It was officially opened by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said: “Scottish Power’s new UK head office demonstrates this global company’s commitment to Scotland. It’s a fitting new home for a company that has been a huge asset for Glasgow, and the wider country, for many years.
“Scottish Power has committed to spending £4 million every day to support innovation and the transition to clean energy and this level of ambition is an exemplar to our world-leading energy sector.”
At the same time, Ignacio Galan, Chairman of Scottish Power – which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Iberdrola – announced that daily investment has risen from £3.3 million per day during 2013-15, up to £4 million per day during the 2016-2020 investment period.
The investment programme, which will be led by specialist teams based in the new HQ, will total around £8 billion until 2020 and will be focused on ‘future-proofing’ the UK’s electricity system.
The energy company has been committed to low-carbon investments for many years. Already £100 million annually is being spent to make the electricity network in Scotland, Merseyside and North Wales more intelligent, with the installation of smart technology.
Scottish Power also manages more than 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power from its mixture of windfarms and hydro plants. The company’s networks business has connected more renewable technology to the National Grid in the UK than any other power company (over a third of the UK’s total).
Power consumption from homes and businesses is set to increase by a third over the next decade as more households switch to low-carbon electric heating and trade traditional vehicles for BPVs as they become more affordable.
Galan added:“Glasgow has a long and successful history in innovation and industry and our new headquarters will ensure that the city continues to be a centre of engineering excellence and invention.
“For the first time, we have our expert teams under one roof with a shared purpose to harness low carbon power and deliver digital transformation.
“Glasgow has been our home for over 60 years, and we are very pleased to be committing our long term future to the City. It has a proud engineering heritage, and just as the city was pivotal to the industrial revolution, we hope that we can help it to play an important role in the digital revolution.”