Recognised as the capital of Scotland since the 15th century, Edinburgh is an historic city and is the second largest financial centre in the UK, housing the head offices of a number of prestigious financial services companies. Edinburgh also has a long association with education, medicine, the sciences and engineering, and literature. Boasting over 4,500 listed buildings in the city, Edinburgh is filled with beautiful properties, including impressive Victorian buildings, with many now housing renovated office suites.
In the 19th century, Edinburgh’s traditional industries of brewing, distilling and printing were joined by more modern industries of engineering and rubber works, but industrialisation of the city was low in comparison to other UK cities. Today, the city is the second largest financial and administration area of the UK, accounting for as much as a third of all commercial office space in the city.
Boasting impressive architecture, an abundance of green space, fantastic transport links and a thriving commercial centre, Edinburgh is a highly desirable business address for companies from any industry.
Offices to Rent in Edinburgh
Much of the office space in the city centre is found in beautifully converted and impressive period and listed properties, while there are modern, contemporary business centres to the west of the city centre. Edinburgh Park is the city’s new business and technology park with many architecturally-impressive modern business premises offering shared, open-plan and private work space, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art conference facilities, break-out areas and manned receptions.
Edinburgh’s excellent transport links attract a wide range of companies looking for office space to the area. Most people move around Edinburgh city by bus which link the city centre to surrounding suburbs. Edinburgh Waverley serves as Edinburgh’s mainline station and is the second busiest station in Scotland, providing a plethora of rail services to London King’s Cross as well as other major UK cities.
Trams were introduced in 2014, running from Edinburgh Airport to York Place in the city centre. It is proposed to build tram lines to run from Haymarket through to Waterfront Edinburgh in the future.
Edinburgh Airport is the largest and busiest in Scotland and is the main international gateway for Scotland. There are plans to expand the airfield and terminal building, and the possibility of a second runway, at some point in the future.
Shopping, Restaurants and Leisure
Office tenants have access to a plethora of shopping opportunities, food options and entertainment facilities. The city’s main shopping areas are located around Princes Street with a variety of well-known high street names and chain stores, whilst George Street is home to more upmarket outlets, fashion brand names and independent stores. There are also several retail parks on the outskirts of the city centre.
Edinburgh is famous for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival that takes place every year.
Leith was historically the port of Edinburgh and many of its former dockland buildings have been redeveloped into residential areas complete with excellent leisure and shopping facilities. Portobello is a suburb on the shores of Leith and has been transformed, incorporating a beach, promenade, rowing and sailing clubs, bars, restaurants, cafés, a range of independent shops and a former Victorian swimming pool that has been restored and now includes Turkish baths.