Construction gets underway


Aberdeen Premises

The first steps were taken today for the construction of a new Aberdeen office for fast growing North Sea operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd.


The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Cllr. George Adam, along with Miller Developments Chief Executive Phil Miller and GDF SUEZ E&P UK Managing Director Jean-Claude Perdigues, made the ceremonial cut of the first sod to signal the start of building work on the five storey office.


GDF SUEZ E&P UK is taking a 15 year lease on the new 40,000 sq ft building which will provide capacity for up to 200 people and will allow the company space to grow as it ramps up activity in the UK North Sea.


Phil Miller, Chief Executive, Miller Developments, said: “Miller Cromdale is delighted to mark the beginning of works on the site of GDF SUEZ E&P UK’s new office building. We have been working closely with GDF SUEZ over the past few months and are looking forward to delivering this prestigious office development for them.”


“North Esplanade West is a prime office location offering views across the River Dee, and this latest development further complements the work that we have been involved in to regenerate the North Dee Business Quarter.”


Jean-Claude Perdigues, Managing Director at GDF SUEZ E&P UK, said: “We are rapidly becoming one of the leading operators in exploration and production in the UK Continental Shelf. We are focused on growing our business in the UK North Sea and committed to building on our Aberdeen presence since establishing our UK operations base in Union Plaza just three years ago. This new facility will bring all of our teams under one roof and provide the ideal hub to drive forward our operations from Aberdeen.”


The company is currently split across three sites; Union Plaza, Holburn House and City Wharf, and the new office will consolidate all the teams in one location from 2014.


The office will be built to achieve the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) “excellent” rate. It will be one of the first buildings in Aberdeen to achieve this rating under the 2011 scheme.



GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd Managing Director Jean-Claude Perdigues, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Cllr. George Adam and Miller Developments Chief Executive Phil Miller