Project: Edinburgh COPFS – Redevelopment
Client: COPFS
Location: Edinburgh
Value: £3 Million
Listing: Grade A
Date Complete: 2024


In 2020 COPFS commissioned MLA to prepare a design proposal for the redevelopment of their existing offices in Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Estates Working Group requested that the new design became the model for Future Ways of Working (FWOW), including the flexibility to work from home or a different office, and not always Chambers Street. This included an environment that is welcoming for every and any COPFS member of staff and also every visitor, including our Criminal Justice partners and the public.

MLA developed a modern open-plan design where work is completed in a variety of appropriately designed, shared settings and not tethered to specific workstations or location within the building. Flexibility within design that allows for certain areas to be used for different purposes e.g., training, team-briefings, collaboration etc.

Smarter Working is about combining benefits to the business – improved productivity, better engagement, and reduced estate costs – with benefits to people. It is about providing the working and workplace arrangements to help make intelligent choices, improving productivity, creating a better work-life balance, and providing an environment equipped for rapid change. The project involved the redevelopment of six floors and space planning for 500 staff.