Big Four firm makes office move as staff work at home



KPMG in Aberdeen has completed the first stage of its relocation to Marischal Square – even if most of the team can’t enter it yet.

The global professional services firm was able to clear out its old office in Albyn Place before getting the keys to the new base as most staff worked from home due to Covid-19.

Eventually the new premises will be home to around 130 auditors, advisors, consultants and support staff.

Preparation works will be completed this summer and the team will gradually move in over the next few months.

The new office has been designed to bringing KPMG’s teams together for the first time in one open-plan, collaborative space.

Martin Findlay, KPMG’s senior partner in Aberdeen, said: “We’ve called Albyn Place home for 25 years and have some great memories here, but we’re incredibly excited about our next move.

“KPMG has been part of the fabric of Aberdeen since the nineteenth century, so we felt it was only fitting to make our next base a development which truly reflects the city’s optimistic future. Uniquely, for a KPMG office move, we have cleared out of the old office before our new one is ready.

“Clearly, following the Covid-19 pandemic, our key priority is our colleagues’ health and wellbeing. We have worked closely with our people to develop our return to office plans and 80% of colleagues told us that, as things stand, they are comfortable to work from home for a sustained period of time.

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“Over the coming months we will ensure that no one has to travel or return to the new Aberdeen office before they feel ready to do so, and we know that our teams are productive and working well remotely. However, to support colleagues returning to KPMG offices and client sites we will be providing return to work packs and equipment alongside detailed guidance and support.

“We will continue to follow government guidance and adapt our approach as required, but we anticipate that the majority of our people will work from home for  most of 2020. The success of homeworking means that many may opt to include it in the mix even after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted .”

Marischal Square’s two Grade A office buildings are managed by Muse developments, part of the Morgan Sindall group. Existing tenants include EY, RBS, Aberdeen Journals and energy firm Tenaris.

Stephen Turner, regional director at Muse Developments, said: “We are proud that KPMG has chosen 1 Marischal Square for the next phase of its progression here in Aberdeen. Its presence proves that if the right property is available, world-class organisations will commit to a city centre location and the firm will further enhance the business credentials of the area.

“KPMG is a very welcome addition to our existing portfolio of clients and will further enhance Marischal Square’s burgeoning reputation as Aberdeen’s premier city centre office development.”



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