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Archial NORR becomes NORR.

Feb 1, 2016

After a 5 year period of successful stabilisation and integration, Archial NORR, the UK arm of the International Building Design Firm NORR, are taking the final step to fully synchronise brands under the Ingenium Banner.

From February 1 2016, Archial NORR will therefore be trading as NORR, and will be registered at Company House as NORR Consultants Limited.


7 Sep 2012

Archial – Latest Building

Albyn School Redevelopment, Aberdeen, Scotland

Design: Archial Architects
Albyn School Aberdeen building design by Archial
image from contractor
Aberdeen Architecture News
Robertson recently completed a £3.5m construction project at one of Aberdeen’s leading independent schools. The landmark project, which was one of the most significant developments in the school’s 145-year history, was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester.

16 Apr 2012

Archial – Recent Buildings

Carnegie Primary School, Fife, Scotland
Carnegie Primary School Dunfermline by Archial Architects
picture © Keith Hunter Photography
Carnegie Primary School
Carnegie is a two stream New Build Primary School designed to accommodate 424 main stream pupils, 140 Nursery pupils and 20 ASN children. Built to service Dunfermline’s East Area expansion, the brief called for a high quality design to provide a highly functional, sustainable school fit for a modern curriculum and to be adaptable to future needs.

8 Mar 2012
Notre Dame High School, Greenock, Scotland
Notre Dame High School by Archial Architects
photo © Keith Hunter Photography
Notre Dame High School
This building is located on the southern periphery of the town of Greenock in Inverclyde. Replacing a previous school building on the same site, this denominational school project occupies a prominent position on a tight, gently sloping area of land between a main road to the north and a railway embankment to the south.

23 Nov 2011
Dundee Institute of Architects Awards, Scotland
National Centre of Excellence in Computer Games Education
photo © Keith Hunter
Dundee Institute of Architects Awards : Archial win ‘Best Interior Design Project’.

21 Nov 2011
East Surrey College, Redhill, England
East Surrey College by Archial Architects
picture from architects firm
East Surrey College
The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opened the new £43m East Surrey College building, designed by architects Archial, on 18 Nov 2011.

15 Nov 2011

GIA Education Award goes to Pro Bono Project from Archial’s Glasgow Office

The firm’s Glasgow office picked up an Education Design Award from the Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) for its pro bono work on the Vine Trust Barge. The Vine Trust is an international, interdenominational, volunteering charity which seeks to enable volunteers to make a real and significant difference to some of the poorest children and communities in the world.

Vine Trust Barge, Leith Docks:
Vine Trust Barge Leith Docks by Archial Architects
photo courtesy Vine Trust
Leith Docks Building

2 Sep 2011
Broxden Dental Centre, Perth, Scotland
Broxden Dental Centre Perth
photo © Keith Hunter
Broxden Dental Centre Perth by Archial, Glasgow

31 Mar 2011
Kingsland Primary School
Kingsland Primary School
photo from architects office
The architecture practice is nominated for a Scottish Design Award for the Kingsland Primary School, Peebles, Scotland.

22 Feb 2011
British Horse Society Headquarters Building, Warwickshire, England
British Horse Society HQ
photograph from architects firm
British Horse Society Headquarters

19 Nov 2010

Archial – Opinion

Archial Gives Cautious Welcome to Scottish Government’s £2.5 Billion Capital Projects Commitment

Archial, one of the country’s largest architectural practices and a member of the global Ingenium Group of companies, has given a cautious welcome to the Scottish Government’s commitment to take forward a major new pipeline of transport, education and health infrastructure projects, worth up to £2.5 billion through the Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) model as announced in its 2011-12 Draft Budget.

However, Bob Hall, Joint Managing Director at the practice, warned that, given that the Scottish Government’s capital budget will fall by some £800 million in cash terms next year, compared to 2010-11 – representing a real terms cut of 26 per cent – cuts on capital spending will mean that the economic environment for architects in Scotland will remain challenging throughout this period.

The Scottish Government’s 2011-12 Draft Budget proposes major investments to support national infrastructure priorities, including initial work on the new Forth Crossing, investment in the South Glasgow Hospitals – both to be delivered through traditional capital funding – and Scotland’s Schools for the Future building programme.

In addition, Ministers propose a new pipeline of revenue-funded NPD investment to be delivered by the Scottish Futures Trust in partnership with the Scottish Government, local government, NHS boards and other public bodies.

Mr Hall said: “Whilst Finance Secretary John Swinney’s response to a deep cut in Scotland’s capital budget by transferring £100m from this year’s current expenditure to next year to supplement capital spending is to be welcomed, it is evident that architects will be required to respond to the new economic reality within which we operate by thinking creatively to identify innovative ways of achieving clients’ goals and seeking solutions to their various challenges.”

The firm is an international architectural specialist with public and private-sector clients. The diverse Archial portfolio includes work in corporate, education, government, healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, residential, retail and transport sectors. Archial employs approximately 300 employees in offices throughout England and Scotland. The award-winning Archial organisation is recognised for delivering intelligent solutions that combine creative excellence with commercial success.

17 Oct 2010

Langside College, Scotland
Langside College by Archial Architects
picture from architects firm
Langside College Campus completed

15 Oct 2010

Roses Awards

The firm’s Small Animal Hospital Wins Gold at 2010 Roses Design Awards. Two projects by Archial have won top accolades at the 2010 Roses Design Awards last night in Manchester. The projects, both designed by the Glasgow office, are the Small Animal Hospital for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow, which won a Gold, and Lochgarry – 40 Cleveden Drive, Glasgow, a residential project undertaken for a private client which won Silver.

40 Cleveden Drive, Glasgow, Scotland
40 Cleveden Drive by Archial Architects
photo © Andrew Lee, from architects office

Small Animal Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
Small Animal Hospital Glasgow
photo © Andrew Lee, from architects firm
Small Animal Hospital Glasgow, Archial won the prestigious Andrew Doolan Award in 2009 for this building

12 Oct 2010

Archial Practice News

Vision in Cambridge

Subsequent to its purchase by the privately held international Ingenium Group, Archial, one of the country’s largest architectural practices is relocating to larger premises in Cambridge.

The move is a continuation of the company’s proposed merger of its Cambridge, Ipswich and Bedford offices into a new East of England office based in Cambridge and will see the business relocate to prestigious new permanent offices by the end of the year, pooling the strengths of the three Archial offices.

The practice currently situated in Burleigh Street, Cambridge, will be relocated, on a temporary basis, to Compass House, Vision Park, Chivers Way, Histon, Cambridge effective from 11 October 2010 whilst work on the permanent Archial office is completed.

Darren Heffer, Director of the Cambridge office stated: “We are delighted to become part of the expanding and dynamic Ingenium Group and look to the future with huge optimism.

“The forthcoming relocation of our premises to an East of England regional office here in Cambridge will reinforce the excellent service we already provide for our many loyal clients and provide a tangible demonstration of the intent and commitment of the Ingenium Group in driving our business forward.”

One of the UK’s leading practices, this firm is an international architectural specialist with public and private-sector clients. Its diverse international portfolio includes work in corporate, education, government, healthcare, industrial, mixed-use, residential, retail and transport sectors and it employs approximately 300 employees in offices throughout England and Scotland. The award-winning organisation has been known for delivering intelligent solutions that combine creative excellence with commercial success.

Archial in administration

Archial went into administration on 21 Sep 2010

The sixth largest architects practice in the UK, formerly listed on the stock market, has failed due to unpaid tax bills. The administrators for Archial are PwC.

The British architecture firm had 17 UK architects offices plus studios in Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur.

The Archial practice [Europe] is related to Alsop Sparch [Asia] but Will Alsop is now with RMJM (as Will Alsop at RMJM). The pace of transition from practice to merger and so on has been rapid, perhaps too rapid. 22 Sep

Archial – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by this British design studio, chronological:

Small Animal Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
Small Animal Hospital Glasgow
photo © Andrew Lee
See link at top of page re Roses Award for the practice.

United Distillers, West Edinburgh, Southeast Scotland
United Distillers Edinburgh
photo © Adrian Welch
Proposed replacement for respected 20th Century United Distillers Edinburgh building. Feb 2010

Stirling Agricultural Centre, Scotland
Opened by Alex Salmond : Stirling Agricultural Centre, by Archial Architects. 27 Jul 2009

Renewable House Made From Hemp
Hemp House at BRE Innovation Park, UK. 19 Jun

East Ayrshire Schools PPP Project, Scotland
Grange Campus Kilmarnock : Archial. 18 Jun

Caledonian Canal Flats, Scotland
Caledonian Canal Flats Inverness : Archial. 16 Jun

Kingarth Library, Scotland
Kingarth Library
photo © Andrew Lee
Library by Archial for Hutchesons’ Grammar Junior School nominated for Scottish Design Award. 27 May

Pollok Civic Realm, Scotland
Pollok Civic Realm
photograph : Andrew Lee
Pollok Civic Realm officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon, designed by Archial. 26 May

News Feb 2009
The firm shortlisted for £300m New Campus Glasgow with four other architect-led design teams. 6 Feb 2009

News Jan 2009
The SMC Group has now changed its name to the Archial Group Plc, following approval by shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 5 Jan 2009.

News Dec 2008
Architect SMC to change its name to Archial Group and Will Alsop, whose firm was acquired by SMC Group in March 2006, will run his firm as a separate entity from the Archial brand.
Instead of operating under 14 separate SMC companies as it does now, the group will restructure to five divisions:-

-Archial, which will cover the UK & Europe
-Sparch, which will cover the Asian market
-Alsop, which will produce “provocative and colourful” designs by Stirling Prize-winner Will Alsop
-Archial Services, a FM consultancy
-Archial Special Projects, which is a vehicle for joint ventures or large schemes.

Archial will merge its two Edinburgh and three Glasgow offices to one in each city at some point in the next year.

Following an intense series of acquisitions in 2006, the SMC Group was forced to issue profit warnings to the City in January and June of 2007.

Putney Place, London, England, UK
Design: SMC Alsop
Putney Place
picture from architects office

Glenwood waterfront, Yonkers, USA
SMC Alsop
Yonkers architecture
picture from architects

Headingley Cricket Club Proposal, Leeds, England
SMC Alsop
Headingley Cricket Club
picture from architects practice

News Oct 2007
Press reports in Oct 2007 suggested that ‘Scotland’s largest architects practice’ might be taken over by Stewart McColl with a private equity firm, after merger talks between the company and architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson appeared to collapse.

Meanwhile Ex-RRP founder Marco Goldschmied was reported to be planning to buy Will Alsop out from SMC

News Jun 2007
Following Stewart McColl’s stepping various news reports suggesting redundancies and conglomeration may be imminent as troubling reports continue to appear in the Press

The SMC Group Plc – Scottish acquisitions
Davis Duncan Architects + Hugh Martin Partnership + Jenkins and Marr Architects + Parr Architects
Retitled SMC Scotland, directed by Stewart McColl (but not anymore)
The four Scottish architects practices were reportedly sold for £10.7m
SMC Scotland will number around 227 people, much larger than any other Scottish architects practice by a factor of between 3 & 4

SMC Alsop – Architecture

City of Bristol College – proposal, Hengrove Park, England, UK
Date: 2007-
Design: SMC Hickton Madeley architects
Approx. £20m

Chevron House, Hill of Rubislaw, Aberdeen, Scotland
Design: SMC Jenkins & Marr Architects

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