Office Design Inspiration in 7 Amazing Edinburgh Workspaces

Last Updated: September 1, 2020

As a world-famous tourist destination and the UK’s largest financial centre outside London, the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, is graced by some of the world’s most beautifully designed and employee-friendly offices.

by AGENT Staff
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If you’re looking for rich office design inspiration, Edinburgh the heavily-populated capital of Scotland, is a city of palpable culture, history and sporting energy. Home to the Scottish Parliament, the city is also home to such world famous tourism landmarks as Edinburgh Castle, The Blair Street Underground Vaults, The National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Zoo.

With a vibrant city economy and transport mix, first class communications networks, property investment opportunities and thriving creative community, Edinburgh is also the UK’s largest financial centre outside London.

It was named by The Financial Times fDi Magazine as ‘Best Mid-Sized European City of the Future’ and ‘Best Foreign Direct Investment Strategy (Mid-Sized City)’ for 2014/15, and received The European magazine’s Business and Finance Award for FDI City of the Year 2015, for investment potential and innovation.

Serving this thriving economic hub is an array of incredible offices that are among the world’s most imaginatively designed. They are pure office design inspiration, and here is AGENT’s pick of the finest.


1. PwC

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Image Source: OverBury

OverburyBDP and AECOM are the architects behind PwC‘s beautifully laid out Edinburgh office. A base that accommodates PwC’s 400 employees in the city, the office also boasts impressive meeting rooms and meeting areas for staff. The PwC objective underpinning the design brief was ‘One Firm, One Space, One Future’, and is reflected in a workplace hallmarked by convenience and flexibility, enabling staff to grow and work in a variety of ways. The office is a winner of an award from the Scottish British Council for Offices (BCO).



2. Microsoft

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Image Source: Edinburgh Architecture  Photography: Keith Hunter

As well as a breathtaking roof garden, Michael Laird Architects created this inspiring interior in the Edinburgh headquarters of multinational technology company, Microsoft. The yellow-themed office gives the space a very distinctive, practical appearance, with a fresh and dynamic feel.



3. SkyScanner

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Image Source: GP Plantscape

GP Plantscape designed this modern workplace for travel-comparison company, SkyScanner, creating a space that is distinctive, vibrant and open while retaining an individuality for each workstation. Lively colours and smart decor and layout blend impressively throughout the office, and the social area for the firm’s 300 employees incorporates an eating and games space.



4. The Roslin Institute

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Image Source: HDRINC

Employees at the science group, The Roslin Institute, are housed in a futuristic, open workplace, designed by HDR Inc. It’s sustainable too, with natural ventilation throughout that reduces energy consumption while improving working conditions for employees. Vibrant colours and themes enhance the creative atmosphere throughout the workplace.



5. Virgin Money

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Image Source: Spaceman Studio

The breathtaking Virgin Money office was created by SpacelabMe, Him and Her and Spacemanstudio. A creative use of natural lighting and emphasis on Virgin’s iconic primary colour, red, help to create an inspirational environment for employees, and a landmark in office design inspiration for the rest of us.



6. Standard Life

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Financial advisers, Standard Life, had its Edinburgh office designed by Michael Laird Architects, which devised a modernist look for the workplace, emphasising and facilitating openness, collaboration and confidence, and underlining the company’s technology-driven ethos.



7. Avaloq

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At Avaloq, employees go to work in a fun, vibrant office space. A great slice of office design inspiration, this workspace also has its own fantastic rooftop garden. Continuing the employee-friendly feel, there is also a breakout area complete with comfortable seating and great facilities, enhancing the ‘home from home’ feel that makes Avaloq employees feel so comfortable in the workplace.


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