Maxim Office Park grows occupancy

Global distributor of steel, Brown McFarlane is the latest company to relocate to Maxim


Maxim Office Park has announced Brown McFarlane, one of the UK’s leading specialist steel plate distributors, processors and traders, as its latest occupier.

Brown McFarlane has taken a total of 1,410 sq ft on the second floor of the Maxim 3 building on a five-year lease at a rental of £14.50 per sq ft.

Previously based at Panorama Business Village in the east end of Glasgow, the company plans to use its new premises at Maxim to grow its Scottish services and continue its international relations. Following fit out works in July, staff are expected to occupy the space in August.

Craig Ritchie, director at Maxim Office Park, commented: “I’m pleased to welcome Brown McFarlane to Maxim, and it’s positive to see yet another company with an international customer base choose Maxim as its business destination.

“Brown McFarlane’s move to the Park follows the recent location of global supplier of IT and document services, Ricoh, and I’m confident that tenants of such high calibre will attract further companies to consider Maxim.”

Founded in 1889, Brown McFarlane offers one of the largest selections of steel products and services in the industry and has recently invested over £2 million on state of the art equipment.  Its products are used in energy, mining and quarrying, offshore and general engineering applications.

Peter Brown, finance director at Brown McFarlane, said: “We are delighted to be re-locating our Scottish office to Maxim. While our main warehousing facility is located in Stoke-on-Trent, as a Scottish company, we are keen to maintain and grow our presence in the Scottish market as well as service our customers in the rest of the UK and abroad. Our move to Maxim fits well with our growth aspirations and supports our aim to modernise and transition from traditional steel stockholder and profiler to integrated solutions provider. Maxim offers fantastic office premises from which to operate, with facilities to match, and we are very much looking forward to the next five years and beyond.”

The steel company joins a growing number of successful organisations operating from the Park including biotechnology companies TC BioPharm and Lamellar Biomedical, which have created laboratory space in their suites, SEPA, Wills Bros, Allied Glass, Document Data Group, SureThing, Proact IT, Regus and Balfour Beatty.  Furthermore, Maxim Office Park is situated in the hugely successful Eurocentral area which is home to FedEx, Laing O’Rourke and Amazon.

Occupiers can also take advantage of the growing number of on-site amenities including the luxury Dakota Hotel, Papillion Nursery and now electric vehicle (EV) car charging points; the only chargers available along the M8 corridor. Maxim Office Park also fosters a community spirit and hosts regular events for its tenants.  It has recently introduced Amazon lockers and on-site gym equipment for staff to enjoy.

Due to its prominent location within the Central Belt, Maxim boasts access to the largest recruitment pool in Scotland, with 3.4 million prospective employees within an hour’s commute. There is also around the clock public transport services, with over 185 coaches now serving the Park daily after the recent expansion of the Stagecoach X51 service.

Maxim Office Park has a wide range of small and large office suits available, ranging from 1,500 sq ft to one of the UK’s largest buildings outside of London, Maxim 5, at 187,000 sq ft.

CBRE and Ryden represented Maxim Office Park, whilst Brown McFarlane was represented by Dentons UK LLP.