Social Security Scotland HQ

By ShawContract

The Client

Social Security Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government responsible for social security provision. Agnes Husband House is Social Security Scotland’s new headquarters based in Dundee. Located over five floors, the office provides one of Scotland’s first dedicated post-Covid public sector workplaces.  

The Project

Social Security Scotland HQ

Location: Dundee, Scotland 

ShawContract Collections: Assembly, Colour Construct

Highlights Of The Project

c2 Concepts used the guidance of the British Standards’ Code of Practice BS8300 – “Design of an accessible and inclusive environment” document to ensure that colour and contrast were fully considered between floors, walls, and ceiling planes. With reference to the Light Reflectance Values for each material finish used on these, appropriate levels of contrast can be achieved to assist with wayfinding for the visually impaired.

Sustainability was also high on the client’s agenda, and the customer was keen to use Shaw Contract’s carpet tiles manufactured in Scotland to support a local supply chain approach.   

The Assembly collection in style Support in colours Interaction and Link has been installed in circulation areas and task working areas. To help further with way-finding, c2 Concepts used a different Social Security Scotland brand colour on each floor. The Assembly collection was perfect, as accent colours and neutrals combine effortlessly. Specified was the style Establish in colours Vivid and Brilliant. In contrast, Pixel Square in near-solid colours of Yellow and Aqua from the Colour Construct collection have been used to highlight collaboration spaces.  

Incorporating these elements enhances the design, and c2Concepts have created a comfortable working environment for staff who also have a choice of a range of agile work settings. These are also spaces considered to meet the needs of neurodiverse and multicultural staff and visitors.

Featured are multi-faith rooms, quiet rooms, 1:1 rooms, a mixture of reconfigurable meeting rooms, booth seating, and collaboration spaces with moveable writeable walls and lockers for personal storage. The breakout space, the meeting rooms and the larger collaboration spaces all have fabulous views over the Tay, the V&A Dundee design museum and the historic ship RRS Discovery. 

Surface: 5,325 sqm 
Designer: c2 Concepts 
Photographer: David Cadzow  
Project Management: Mitie 
Contractor: MPACT 

The results obtained

ShawContract Collections

Colour Construct

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