haa design continues to work within the ongoing transformation of Skills Development Scotland’s property portfolio. This has ranged from developing a workplace strategy and implementing new ways of working for office-based staff, to developing a fresh look for the variety of settings which support the public–fronted side of the organisation.
SDS was facing reducing budgets and increasing demand for their services. Realising efficiencies from property consolidation was one way to help bridge the gap and haa design were appointed in Spring 2012 to carry out a space utilisation study and high-level workplace strategy. This new workplace strategy began to be rolled out from 2013 onwards.
SDS subsequently appointed haa design to develop a branded interior design solution for their drop-in shops and associated office space, initially for their centre in Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, but then rolled out across the SDS estate including two offices within two listed buildings in the heart of Glasgow.
As the national headquarters of SDS, the Monteith House, Glasgow office has to fulfil several functions – being both the ‘public face’ of the organisation while accommodating ‘back office’ duties for a range of staff, some of whom were newly accommodated from existing SDS offices within the Glasgow metro area. Co-ordinating our designs with the new SDS brand and graphics was important to provide a high and consistent experience for customers.
haa design has worked within very challenging timescales and budgets to successfully deliver innovative new spaces around Scotland, including projects in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Elgin, Inverness and multiple sites around Glasgow.