Diageo Scotland, Scottish Offices, Picture, South Gyle Office Building

Diageo Scottish HQ, Edinburgh

UDV Global Headquarters – Diageo Edinburgh Park: Scottish Offices

Diageo Edinburgh

Diageo Global Headquarters, South Gyle, Edinburgh Park, Scotland
Date built: 1999
Design: Allan Murray Architects ; interior by BDG McColl

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Diageo HQ, Edinburgh – UDV photos from AMA

Diageo Offices

The UDV Global Headquarters – formerly known as G1 and then Diageo – is a Bauhaus-like L-shaped building in white render with colourful interior by BDG McColl. Entry to G1’s three floors is via a stair space of high quality, clad on the outside in black Zimbabwe granite with a ‘Guinness head’ of translucent glass at the top.

Address: 5 Lochside Way, Edinburgh EH12 9DT
Phone: 0131 519 2000

The G1 building plays many games with its glazing from Steven Holl / Mondrian irregularity in the main north-west corner window to rational Bauhaus Dessau fenetre longeur along the long facades.

The random and irregular fenestration, normally with slim black frames, and expanses of white render have become an Allan Murray trademark and are aesthetically very pleasing: what is unusual about the Diageo building though are the massive forms which push out from the frame at the corners.

UDV Global Headquarters
Diageo Scottish Headquarters photo © Adrian Welch

The huge corner window facing the lochan is readable as a two meeting rooms linked vertically by external materials – patterned frames and glass – to create a thoughtful motif. The long upper gallery – a glazed extrusion along much of the West facade – visible from the by-pass is even more idiosyncratic: its puncturing of the south facade and proud termination forms a bold architectural intervention of a kind mostly lacking in Edinburgh Park (though A3’s slate wing is of that ilk) and the UK generally.

The Diageo Global Headquarters interiors by BDG McColl are focused on the north-west head or core: rooms are themed around Diageo brands so for example the Gordon’s Gin room is a vivid green. There is a lot of sophisticated technology on display at the Diageo offices, notably in the oval room behind the bar. The Edinburgh Park offices are more coloured than is usual but not as interesting as the spaces off the Entry and Bar.