Legal firm Anderson Strathern has become the first Gold #ROCKME Partner at the £63m enterprise and innovation centre, the HALO Kilmarnock development.

Anderson Strathern and the HALO Kilmarnock have launched a two-year partnership that will result in the  firm becoming one of six Gold Partners in the scheme, and the only legal firm and the preferred legal services supplier at the facility on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant. Phase 1 is currently under construction and will open its doors in 2021. 

HALO's vision is to become a dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter. It will feature an industry-leading digital, data and cyber training and learning facility within a digitally connected workspace, helping to lead the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” – the digital revolution. It will also be the first net zero carbon emissions development of its type in Scotland.

As a Gold #ROCKME Partner, Anderson Strathern will have a permanent presence on the Enterprise floor of the centre, where high-growth technology businesses will collaborate and develop their technology with HALO’s blue-chip commercial and leading academic partners. 

HALO’s existing partners include Scottish Power, Barclays, Scottish Business Resilience Centre, East Ayrshire Council, Scottish Enterprise, BT, Iberdrola, Community Pharmacy Scotland, the Digital Health Institute, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and the UK and Scottish Governments.  

Marie Macklin CBE, founder and executive chair of the HALO Urban Regeneration company, said: "With such strong support from our Gold #ROCKME Partners like Anderson Strathern, the HALO will lead the way in tomorrow’s world by delivering sustainable, long-term economic and social benefits and creating jobs, not just for Kilmarnock and Ayrshire but also the wider Scottish communities."

Murray McCall, managing partner at Anderson Strathern added: "I’m particularly proud that this world class innovation centre will be based in my home town of Kilmarnock and I share Marie’s deep-rooted passion for the project."