Wood Group Plans Office Move in Aberdeen

John Wood Group has announced plans to relocate to new offices in Aberdeen. The move from John Wood House in Tullos, its home for the past 20 years, will enable the company to consolidate a number of its existing properties in the city, accommodate its employees in a modern, fit-for-purpose building and further support its ongoing investment in HR, planning and business management systems. The new building, expected to be completed by late 2009, confirms Wood Group’s strong continuing commitment to supporting North Sea oil & gas activities, as well as confirming Aberdeen as headquarters for its activities across the Eastern Hemisphere.

The 150,000 sq ft building, to be built by Miller Cromdale, will take up a riverside site close to the city center and provide office accommodation for approximately 1,200 people. Designed according to Wood Group’s requirements, the building will provide an enhanced working environment for employees, with advanced technology to support their day-to-day needs and purpose built offices for delivering the highest quality service to customers.

"We recognize that the market is looking for more cost effective and higher quality service provision," said George Brown, Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Managing Director. "We are investing significantly in the North Sea’s mature phase and building up our expertise in late life and decommissioning. We are very conscious of the higher cost challenges being faced by our clients and this new building, together with our significant investment in new business systems, will enable more efficient and effective application of our people and resources."

"This is an important milestone in the evolution of the Group with significant benefits for both our customers and our employees," said Allister Langlands, Chief Executive. "This move will better accommodate our workforce in the North Sea and provide additional capacity to support our growing activities in the Eastern Hemisphere. The riverside site we have selected is well served by public transport and we have also incorporated all the latest thinking in terms of design technology that helps us reduce our impact on the environment. The new office is an important step in consolidating our objective of being an Employer of Choice. "

The move to the new offices follows the opening of the Group’s Glasgow office in 2006, where the company has already successfully recruited more than 300 engineers to support projects with many operators in the North Sea and the Eastern Hemisphere.