£7m HQ Refurbishment Underway
Europe’s biggest IT services and solutions provider, SCC, has announced the start of a £7 million refurbishment programme to its UK headquarters. The commercial premises, located in Birmingham, are being completely remodelled and upgraded as the latest part of a long-term regional investment strategy by the multi-award-winning business. SCC has been headquartered in Birmingham since its incorporation in 1975 and is now a £2.2bn turnover company, with 5,500+ employees and businesses in the UK, France, Spain, Romania and Vietnam. Now one of the Midlands’ largest employers, SCC has employed 50,000+ people in the region during its 45 years in Birmingham. The Rigby Group-owned company has also invested £100m+ in the local community, offered hundreds of apprenticeships, donated £1.5m+ to charitable projects and reinvested millions in its headquarters. In this latest £7m boost, both the existing 1980’s single storey and two storey office blocks will be stripped back to their original structures, with each building undergoing a complete internal remodel to better meet the needs of SCC’s Birmingham-based workforce. As well as refurbishing the two existing buildings, a new link building will complete the project and provide a walkway, reception area and feature entrance. Building contractor Speller Metcalfe has been announced as construction partner for the project with design details being developed by a full project design team. Regional director for Speller Metcalfe, Rob Lashford, said: “Speller Metcalfe has worked closely with the project team to ensure the feasibility of this scheme, and we are delighted to be able to start work on what will be a very high spec refurbishment, enabling SCC to work in a purpose-built environment that truly meets the needs of the business.” SCC Chief Executive James Rigby added: “This project has been planned meticulously and I’m thrilled that it is finally underway. SCC knows the importance of having a headquarters that reflects the company, our growth, and the innovative nature of the services and solutions we offer. And we’re proud to be investing even more in a community that we’ve called home for almost 45 years.” The project also aims to provide significant employment opportunities for both suppliers and local businesses around the region, with the majority of sub-contract labour and materials sourced from within 30 miles of the site. The scheme is set to complete in the summer of 2020.