Eversheds Sutherland Offices – Edinburgh

Oktra designed the Eversheds Sutherland offices in Edinburgh, creating a collaborative and welcoming space that reflects the brand's excellence and is rooted in the local community and architecture.

  • Client Eversheds Sutherland,
  • size 6,500 sqft
  • Year 2023
  • Location United Kingdom, Edinburgh, Scotland,
  • Industry Law Firm / Legal Services,
  • Oktra designed the Eversheds Sutherland offices as a collaborative and welcoming space in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Eversheds Sutherland, a global legal firm, embarked on a journey to transform its office space in Edinburgh. Its goal was to create a workplace that nurtured employee wellbeing and supported a hybrid work model while reflecting brand excellence. The law firm wanted to transition from traditional spaces to more flexible, dynamic work modes.

    Eversheds Sutherland was relocating from a traditional, multi-floored townhouse office to a single floor space that would better support their workplace activities and project their brand principles. The law firm chose Capital Square, a modern, sustainable building recognised with a BCO award for its sustainable design, offering Grade A office space.

    Eversheds Sutherland sought to connect the office design with the local Edinburgh community, culture, and architecture. Research into Edinburgh’s gridded city planning system and iconic landmarks guided the office’s planning principles and palette. Local stone, Bute fabrics, and a locally sourced planting scheme reflected the materiality and heritage of Edinburgh. The new space is a reflection of the Eversheds Sutherland brand, deeply rooted in the city and community, exuding sophistication and elegance.

    The fit out achieved a BREEAM Excellent certification as per landlord lease requirements. Sustainability consultants were engaged to help choose suitable materials, and BREEAM pre-assessment was carried out during design. Existing intelligent building systems, including lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation, were incorporated into the design for energy efficiency.

    The design placed a strong emphasis on employee wellbeing, with dedicated spaces for socialising and relaxation, and sit-stand desks providing further choice in their work setting. Acoustic ceiling rafts designed to resemble timber run through the client space, and a perforated oak ceiling system reduces noise transfer in the main workspace.

    A flexible meeting suite uses glazed movable wall systems to provide various meeting formats, or completely open up to transform into an event space. This flexibility invites clients and employees to mingle and embodies Eversheds Sutherland’s brand values of collaboration and openness.

    Eversheds Sutherland’s new office is designed to empower employees to perform at their best, attracting and retaining top talent while enhancing client service.

    Design: Oktra
    Photography: Tom Nolan