Alex Salmond lays Aberdeen Foundation Stone

On 11th August 2008, the Right Honourable Alex Salmond MP MSP, First Minister of Scotland, attended our construction site in Aberdeen to lay the foundation stone for FirstGroup’s new Global Headquarters.

He joined chief executive Sir Moir Lockhead in pouring the last of the foundations and marking the start of construction at the site on King Street, Aberdeen.

Salmond said:

“Scotland welcomes the commitment of FirstGroup to retain and develop its global headquarters in this country. First’s £20m investment is further evidence that Aberdeen is a great place to do business.

“These new headquarters will be a significant economic boost to Aberdeen and I hope to see the company’s growth and success continue in the future.”

Lockhead added:

“FirstGroup has enjoyed many significant days in our short history. We have come a long way since we were formed in the employee/management buyout in 1989.

“This is another significant occasion. It is also pleasing that the original facade of the old infantry barracks, which were built in 1862, will be retained – it’s a wonderful landmark on King Street.

“I like to think we’re a Scottish success story and that we’re a good example of the entrepreneurial flair and commitment to hard work which has enabled Scottish people and Scottish companies to succeed around the world over the years.”

Salmon also unveiled a specially carved granite stone which will form part of the new HQ. Construction is expected to be completed by spring next year.

Stewart Milne, chief executive of the Stewart Milne Group, which is carrying out the work, said:

“When the project is complete First will boast a modern, fit for purpose headquarters befitting a FTSE 100 company.

“In addition the new bus depot will be one of the most advanced in the UK.”