Princes Street base first in Scotland to scoop fairplace award
The Edinburgh office of RICS has become the first workplace in Scotland to be awarded the prestigious fairplace Award.
At a time when businesses must demonstrate they are part of wider society, fairplace is a comprehensive accreditation which aligns good ethics with best practice across Finance, Procurement, HR, and Facilities Management as part of core business planning.
RICS moved into 125 Princes Street almost three years ago, from its former split-level offices in an A-listed townhouse in Edinburgh’s Manor Place. The new office was designed to deliver a transformational workspace, bringing staff together in a bespoke, open-plan space that would act as a hub for staff and members while offering facilities for conferences and other events.
The accolade is a second first in Scotland for the Princes Street office, which also earned a gold SKA rating for the sustainable nature of the fit-out. The fairplace Award® is also the third for RICS, with our London and Coventry offices previously receiving the accreditation.
Notable activity across the year at RICS included:
Agreement with suppliers of staff employed to manage the workplace (i.e. cleaners, security and waiting staff) that they will be paid the living wage as stated by the Living Wage Foundation
Enacting policies, targets and monitoring of its GHG emissions/carbon footprint, and to increase the recycling of waste year on year for the office
Strong culture and policies promoting diversity, inclusion and wellbeing
Staff are provided a team volunteering day per year
Discounts on room hire for charities
Energy provided to the office comes from 92% renewables
Commitment to a 3% decrease in energy use year on year.
David Lamont, Facilities Co-ordinator at 125 Princes Street, said: “To be the first workplace in Scotland to win a fairplace Award® is a real honour, and recognises the thought and planning that went into the office, our working environment and practices. Our intention when designing 125 Princes Street was to deliver a flagship office that would revolutionise the working environment for everyone who used it, and this award is a ringing endorsement of that vision.”
Gail Hunter, RICS Regional Director, Scotland, added: “I’m delighted that our office has won this recognition, and being the first in Scotland is a real accomplishment – all credit to David for his hard work on this. The team who worked on the planning and design of the office in 2013-14 also must be congratulated on a first-class job. It really is a joy to work in such a modern and efficient work space and it has undoubtedly had a positive impact on all the staff who work here.”