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post updated 26 Jan 2021


ORMS Architects News, chonological:

1 Mar 2018
No1 New Oxford Street, central London, England, UK
No1 New Oxford Street in London
photography © Timothy Soar
No1 New Oxford Street
Located at the juncture of New Oxford Street and High Holborn, Orms has completed the refurbishment and extension of Commonwealth House into 95,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and 12,250 sq ft of retail space on behalf of TH Real Estate. The building has been rebranded No1 New Oxford Street and will be the new European HQ of Swedish fashion brand COS.

5 Jul 2017
Alpha Works Co-working Hub, Birmingham, England, UK
Alpha Works
photography © Jack Hobhouse
Alpha Works Birmingham Building
A refurbishment of a new high-specification co-working space in the centre of Birmingham for CEG has been completed. Located on levels 21 & 22 of the iconic 28-storey Alpha Tower, Alpha Works caters for the booming demand for flexible, collaborative and alternative work spaces in the region.

22 Mar 2016
Grassroots Music Building, Camden, North London, UK
Grassroots Music Building
image from architects
Grassroots Music Building in Camden
Camden Council has given the go ahead for a new grassroots music venue and the preservation of significant historic buildings in Denmark Place and Denmark Street.

10 May 2013
26 Finsbury Square, London, England
26 Finsbury Square London
photo : Freshwater Group of Companies
26 Finsbury Square London
Completion of the £14 m development 26 Finsbury Square (formerly Finwell House), a prominent office building that lies on the corner of Finsbury Square, East London. The design for the Freshwater Group of Companies’ has incorporated a number of energy efficient measures as well as a full internal refurbishment, and the redevelopment of the building’s exterior.

10 May 2012

ORMS – Competition News

ORMS announce a smartphone photo competition with winners revealed at a party on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 during Clerkenwell Design Week

With only twelve days left to go to Clerkenwell Design Week, ORMS and Zumtobel announce ‘Hidden Clerkenwell’ – an instant competition for the observant and the quick on the draw. The most compelling shot will win a fantastic night for two at The Rookery Hotel in Clerkenwell and runners up will receive a large framed print of their image, to be exhibited at The Clerkenwell Kitchen throughout Clerkenwell Design Week.

ORMS Architecture Design and lighting solutions company Zumtobel invite participants to submit smartphone images of ‘Hidden Clerkenwell’. The competition aims to expose Clerkenwell’s unseen and unheard and reveal its hidden gems.

All entries will be displayed by live digital projection at an exhibition party on Tuesday 22ndMay at the The Clerkenwell Kitchen.

Entry requirements:
Competitors should email shots to cdw@orms.co.uk by midnight 20th May, along with their name, contact details and a small description of the image. File size should be 2MB maximum, the competition is open to smartphone images only and Instagram images are accepted.

Event details:
Tuesday 22 May 2012
5.30pm – 10.30pm
The Clerkenwell Kitchen
27 Clerkenwell Close
London, EC1R 0AT

The design studio look forward to receiving your entries and seeing you at The Clerkenwell Kitchen on 22nd May.

12 Apr 2012

ORMS Studio News

Leading architecture and interior design practice ORMS appoints two associate directors

The architecture practice has made two in-house appointments. The practice has appointed John Storry and Janice Carr bringing the number of Associate Directors on the practice’s board to four.

Director John McRae commented: “The practice is moving strongly forward and we are strengthening our core team in line with our ambitions. The new appointments reinforce our drive to deliver excellence through our architecture and design.” Prior to his current role John Storry worked for Fosters & Partners and since joining the architecture firm in 1998, he has delivered a number of successful projects including 20 Gracechurch Street and is currently leading the Finsbury Square and Wigmore Street projects.

Janice Carr has also been with the practice since 2008 and has been appointed to Associate Director in order to lead the financial aspects of the practice. Janice has a 12 year history working within architecture and her expertise will continue to be of significant value as she works closely with the Directors to continue the financial success of the practice.

Recent ORMS Designs

27 Feb 2012
Uppingham School Science Building, Rutland, southern England, UK
Uppingham School Building
image from architects
Uppingham School Building
Planning permission secured by the practice for a new ‘L’ shaped science building for Uppingham School that physically and intellectually connects science with sport, art, drama and mathematics. The Headmasters vision was to ‘evoke the Renaissance’ by reaching across the disciplines and the architects office have designed a building which links them by forming a Quadrangle.

29 Nov 2010
The Writers Spitalfields, London, UK
The Writers Spitalfields
image from architects studio
The Writers Spitalfields

ORMS Practice News

Oct 2010

New arts facilities completed at Cambridge School
King's School Ely
photograph : Kilian O’Sullivan
The King’s School Ely
The practice has completed a striking Performing Arts Department and Theatre extension for The King’s School Ely. Originally selected following a national design competition, ORMS helped The King’s School to develop proposals to create a Performing Arts complex which incorporated their existing Music School and School Hall.


30 Jul 2010

New Promotions at ORMS Architecture Design

Continuing the evolution of the practice, the office are pleased to announce two new promotions within the company.

Ian Chalk has been promoted to Associate Director. He will champion design quality, including monitoring and developing scheme ideas, across the studio. In his new role Ian will also chair internal project critiques. Ian is a visiting architectural critic at The Bartlett and Kingston University.

Richard Keating has also been promoted to Associate Director. He is currently managing several education schemes and has recently completed a new build Performing Arts Centre. Richard will promote detail development of projects, chair technical reviews and monitor quality of projects on site.

The new roles will focus on developing even greater consistency in design and architecture across the practice.

ORMS, Architects – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by ORMS, alphabetical:

New Kings Road office development, London, UK
New Kings Road offices
image from ORMS Architects
New Kings Road offices

Newhall Housing, Harlow, Hertfordshire, England
ECD Architects; ORMS Architecture; Richard Murphy Architects; Roger Evans & Associates

Royal Arthur Park – retirement community, Corsham, Wiltshire, England
am building
image from ORMS Architects
Corsham building

Sherborne School Music Building, Dorset, England
Sherborne School Music Building

Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, Cardiff, Wales
Teenage Cancer Unit Cardiff
image from ORMS Architects
Teenage Cancer Unit Cardiff

More ORMS buildings online soon

Location: London, south east England, UK

Architecture Practice Information

ORMS architects studio based in London, UK

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ORMS Since its foundation in 1984 this English architecture practice has been designing buildings that innovate and perform. From the trendsetting Next headquarters in 1986 to the progressive, multi-functional offices for ISG in 2007, ORMS has won awards for its visionary architecture.

Led by directors Oliver Richards, Dale Jennings and John McRae, the current portfolio includes a Cancer Ward, a Theological College, London offices, a Ski Chalet, a Music School, Sports and Leisure Facilities, a Mature Years Development and a Beach Resort.

Project diversity is a key feature of the practice, and the knowledge gained across a wide range of projects makes a critical contribution to the fresh ideas and innovative solutions that characterise the firm. ORMS designs the inside of buildings before the external envelope, and pays truly exceptional attention to detail. The practice puts a strong emphasis on teamwork and knowledge transference.

Based in a central London studio, the 50-strong team is working on major projects across the UK, in Europe and in Asia. As experts in interiors and the re-use of buildings as well as in masterplanning and new build, and with an expanding client base, the design studio is ready for the next 25 years.

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Website: www.orms.co.uk