Ryden secures space for Scotland’s first coding academy

27th November 2015

Scotland’s first dedicated software skills academy, CodeClan, has opened a 6,995 sq ft facility in the heart of Edinburgh at Argyle House on Lady Lawson Street.

Property consultant Ryden secured the deal on behalf of CodeClan LTD, negotiating a three-year lease on the ground floor which has direct access to Castle Terrace.    

The new coding academy was officially opened by deputy first minister John Swinney earlier this month.  The space was designed by Graven and project managed by Axiom and will provide innovate space with expansion option for the future.

Peter I’Anson, partner at Ryden who represented CodeClan, said: “It was a pleasure working closely with ScotlandIS which, with Skills Development Scotland, has worked rapidly to set up this academy.  Argyle House was quickly established as the ideal location for CodeClan in light of the strong pool of established digital sector employers within the vicinity. The presence of CodeBase, which operates an important technology incubator hub with over 60 companies working within Argyle House, was also a strong factor." 

Mr I’Anson added that “our close working process with the landlord, Telereal Trillium, helped facilitate this transaction, particularly in light of the time pressures of setting up the coding academy.”

This is the first software skills academy in Scotland, with discussions currently ongoing to open additional academies in Scotland’s main population centres.

DLA Piper and Ryden acted for CodeClan. Cushman and Morison represented CodeBase.

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