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CKD Galbraith Secures New HQ For Ascensos

CKD Galbraith has secured headquarters in Lanarkshire on behalf of newly launched contact centre firm Ascensos.

CKD Galbraith's commercial agency division was instructed by Ascensos in January to assist the executive team in finding the right centre of operations for their new outsourcing and contact centre business.

Partner Richard Higgins led the nine-month process, which culminated in the purchase of 250 Airbles Road in Motherwell for an undisclosed sum. The two storey purpose-built premises extends to 25,750 sq ft and was previously used as a call centre.

Ascensos, which describes itself as the next generation of contact centres, was created by former beCogent executives and will become operational in January 2014, creating 600 new jobs over three years. The new company benefited from a 1.8million grant from Scottish Enterprise.

Richard Higgins said: "We worked with colleagues in our building surveying division who carried out a full building survey and advice on refurbishment options and costs to provide a comprehensive and directed service to complete the property deal for this exciting new business.

"With their ambitions for growth, we worked with Ascensos to develop a specific remit for the right building. From 20 possibilities, we shortlisted three, including the Airbles Road building, which we knew through good connections was just coming to market. An early approach to the selling agents enabled a deal to be struck and the embryonic Ascensos to accelerate their process."

John Devlin, the company's managing director, said: "We're absolutely delighted with the quality of support from CKD Galbraith. We were guided through the process by Richard and the team to the nth degree and are more than satisfied with the premises. We knew we could very easily make it our own building. It's the right configuration and location with great transport links, good catchment area for recruitment and sited on a good bit of land, making it a pleasant place to work. Importantly, it was also a good property deal for us."

CBRE acted for the vendor in the transaction.