Standard Life Edinburgh Office Building, Lothian Road Commercial Property, Architect, Scottish Project

Standard Life Edinburgh : Architecture

Standard Life Assurance Building, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, Scotland – north side of the financial district

post updated 24 October 2023

Standard Life Building – headquarters

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building photos © Adrian Welch, Nov 2007 with lumix camera

Standard Life Lothian Road

Standard Life Edinburgh
image by Henk Snoek, provided by MLA

Standard Life Assurance Building
This Lothian Road building was the first in The Exchange masterplan by Terry Farrell.

The context to this Scottish commercial property : EICC The Exchange masterplan in the west side of the Scottish capital’s city centre.

The Exchange masterplan
cropped aerial image from Michael Laird Architects

Another Standard Life building in Edinburgh is on George Street, refurbished by Michael Laird & Partners.

Andersen Strathearn offices adjacent Standard Life building to west:
Andersen Strathearn offices
photo © Adrian Welch nov 2007 with lumix camera

Standard Life Edinburgh
Edinburgh office property aerial image from Michael Laird Architects

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Saltire Court
Saltire Court
picture © Adrian Welch

Evolution House on Westport
Evolution House
image © Adrian Welch

Westport House
Westport House
picture from the architect

The architect for this commercial building was local practice Michael Laird & Partners, later renamed as Michael Laird Architects (MLA).

Standard Life Assurance

This major Scottish company is a life assurance, pensions and long-terms savings company in the UK which is owned by Phoenix Group.

The Standard Life Assurance Company was established in 1825 and reincorporated as a mutual assurance company in 1925. During the 19th century it opened offices in Canada, India, China and Uruguay.

In 2006 demutualisation took place and the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange. The company sold Standard Life Bank plc to Barclays plc in January 2010 and then acquired the remaining 75% stake in Threesixty, a financial advisory support business, that it did not already own for an undisclosed sum in March 2010.

It sold its healthcare division to Discovery Holdings, a South African business, in May 2010 and went on to buy Focus Solutions Group, a financial software company, for £42m in December 2010.

In 2018, Phoenix Group Holdings plc acquired the company for £2.9 billion.

In May 2021, Phoenix Group acquired the brand and in July 2021 the companies rebranded as ‘abrdn’.

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St James Quarter’s W Edinburgh, New Town
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