Edinburgh has been our Scottish base since 2003 and is the practice’s second-largest office with over 50 people. The building was designed according to exemplary sustainable principles and is certified BREEAM 'Excellent’. 


Exchange Place 3
3 Semple Street
Edinburgh EH3 8BL

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+44 (0)131 476 6001

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The outside of Max Fordham's Edinburgh office

Our Edinburgh office

The Edinburgh office was opened by Mark Palmer (and former Director, Colin Hamilton) in 2003, in the city’s New Town. 

Over twenty years later, the office has grown to over 50 people specialising in engineering, sustainability, digital design, building performance modelling, building administration, lighting design, and Passivhaus.

The initial office team of four worked on Edinburgh (Telford) College, with further projects quickly following such as the John Hope Gateway Centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and the National Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street. The office now works on projects across Scotland, the rest of the UK, and in Scandinavia, from Oriam in Edinburgh, to Burridge Gardens in London, and Ravelin Sports Centre in Portsmouth.

As with all of our offices, the Edinburgh team work closely with our four other offices to collaborate and share knowledge.

We are now situated at Exchange Place 3 in the heart of Edinburgh, in an open-plan office on the first floor. We have a hot desking arrangement, and the office is busy and thriving with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The kitchen is a communal area for everyone to mix; we also have two large meeting rooms, a reception area that doubles as a breakout space, and an additional eating space.

The office is located near the Union Canal, which runs all the way to Glasgow via the Falkirk Wheel. 

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Creating a sustainable office

Exchange Place 3 sits on the site of the former 19th-century Edinburgh Meat Market. Built in 2009, it was one of the first buildings in Edinburgh to achieve a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and has been our Edinburgh home since 2015. The building promotes green credentials with natural ventilation and a greywater harvesting tank. 

We have a green lease with our landlord and our energy champions are constantly looking at ways to improve our office with a goal of achieving a DEC A. 

Sustainable travel

Most people who work in our offices travel on foot, by bike, or on public transport - these are the most sustainable ways to get around. We hope this will encourage all of our visitors to also travel to our offices in the most sustainable way possible.

Our Edinburgh office is on the 1st Floor of the Exchange Place 3 building. It is an 11-minute walk from Haymarket train station. There are public cycle racks in the courtyard next to the office and the area is also well served by several Lothian Buses routes.

Accessibility information

A lift allows access to all floors and there are accessible toilets on all floors, including the 1st floor where our office is based.

We do not have any office parking spaces, but there is the option for metered parking nearby and public paid parking in the neighbouring building.