St Andrews Links Trust has unveiled plans to build a new headquarters at the Home of Golf.
The 1,200 square-metre facility will provide the Links Trust with a two-storey building that, once completed, will serve as an office hub for more than 50 staff working across a range of different operational disciplines, including IT, HR, Food & Beverage, Finance, Technical Services, Tournaments, Golf and Commerce.
The building will provide staff with open-plan offices, meeting spaces and dedicated areas for the training and development of more than 400 permanent and seasonal staff employed by the Trust.
Euan Loudon, Chief Executive St Andrews Links Trust, said: “This new office adjacent to the Balgove and Strathtyrum Courses isn’t just about new desks and a new location. Bringing our people from four sites onto one provides us with the opportunity to change the way we work together, and will enable us to deliver further enhancements for golfers and visitors to the area.”
He added: “This new facility has been designed to harness one of our single greatest assets: our people. Their hard work and dedication is the foundation of everything we do. With this design we will have new, flexible ways of working so we can provide a modern, fit-for-purpose environment for existing staff as well as ensuring we continue to attract and retain the best talent to help drive St Andrews Links forward for the next stage in its development and renown.”
The new offices have been designed by Dundee architecture firm Nicoll Russell Studios. The building has been planned in an energy efficient, environmentally-sensitive manner, and will draw influence from the unique history of St Andrews, while also reflecting the qualities and values for which the Home of Golf is famous around the world.
Preparatory work on the site began this week as contractors demolished a former residential property that served as a starter’s hut for the Balgove Course and provided limited office and meeting space. Work on the new building is expected to begin early this summer ahead of an estimated completion date of November 2020.
As well as creating new headquarters the project will also include a new starter box for the Balgove course, and 75 more car parking spaces for the Eden Course, academy and clubhouse.