Food Standards Agency

Signs Up at Pilgrim House

The regeneration of Aberdeen’s thriving North Dee Business Quarter is set to continue after the Food Standards Agency and Scottish Government signed a lease with Miller Cromdale for 12,700 sq. ft. in its brand new Grade A office development, Pilgrim House.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which aims to improve food safety standards and protect the health of Scotland’s population in relation to food, will occupy the third and fourth floors of the new 27,000 sq. ft. building. The FSA move to Pilgrim House coincides with the Parliamentary stages in the establishing of its successor body: Food Standards Scotland. Subject to Parliaments approval, the new body will take over functions presently delivered in Scotland by the FSA.

Developed by Miller Cromdale, a joint venture between Miller Developments and Aberdeen-based developer Cromdale Ltd, work is due to start on site at Pilgrim House in January 2014 with completion anticipated by September 2014. The FSA will move all employees from its current base at St Magnus House towards the end of 2014. More than 100 people are expected to be employed during the construction phase of Pilgrim House.

Pamela Grant, Development Director of Miller Cromdale, said: “The North Dee Business Quarter is establishing itself as the key city centre business location within Aberdeen and we are delighted that the FSA has recognised its potential by signing up at Pilgrim House.”

“Once complete, the FSA will benefit from first class office accommodation in a brand new building which has been carefully developed with sustainability at its core; ensuring occupiers enjoy very efficient running costs.”

Pilgrim House is located close to Aberdeen’s bus and train stations and all city centre amenities, and 42 car parking spaces will also be available within the building itself. Over 13,000 sq. ft. of space is still available to let within Pilgrim House and full details can be obtained from the joint letting agents – Young & Co and Knight Frank.

The Minister of Public Health said “The creation of Food Standards Scotland will seek to improve public health and food safety in Scotland, will be more responsive to Scottish needs through effective regulation, support growth and confidence in the Scottish food industry. Retaining an Aberdeen location will allow us to keep and build on the expertise of the current FSA staff. The FSA office move, well in advance of the new body being established, is helpful in that there will be adequate time for staff and stakeholders to prepare for the transition to Food Standards Scotland in the following year.”

Charles Milne, Director of the FSA in Scotland said, “We have worked with the Scottish Government’s Property Advice Division during the process of sourcing our new office space, and Pilgrim House was identified as an ideal match for FSA’s needs. We look forward to working in the new office.

Pinsent Mason provided the legal advice to Miller Cromdale in relation to the transaction with Morton Fraser acting for the Scottish Ministers. FG Burnett were property agents for the Scottish Ministers.