Holmes Miller expands into South East England
Architectural firm Holmes Miller has opened a new, purpose-built studio in St Albans, Hertfordshire, to support a pipeline of public sector projects in the south east.
Located in the city centre, the new space will initially welcome the company’s south eastern based team, providing the business with a hub closer to its nclient base across the home counties.
The new space has also been chosen as it aligns with the practice’s Sustainability Charter, ensuring that the low carbon design principles adopted across commissioned projects, is also reflected in the day-to-day operation of the business. The new-build location replicates the firm’s Minerva Street studio in Glasgow with the same approaches to breakout space, outfitting, and technology.
The new office will be headed up by director Mark Ellson. He was a key figure in the firm’s recently launched specialist consultancy, Sussed Sustainability, and he will be responsible for implementing the latest in sustainable design - operational and embodied - to its projects across the UK.
Callum Houston, managing director, Holmes Miller, said: “With increased focus on environmentally aware architecture, this is a pivotal time for the UK’s construction sector. We’ve seen demand for our services increase over the last two years, especially as civil and commercial projects recover from the pandemic. We’re committed to building on this growth, both across the UK and internationally, and this new space will be vital in allowing our team to continue producing their award-winning work in an inspiring and productive setting.”
Mark Ellson, director at Holmes Miller, added: “We want to be considered a local partner for all our clients including those located just outside the M25. St Albans is the perfect location for us as we look to form closer ties with local councils and businesses across the home counties, as well as further afield throughout the south east. As leaders in sustainable design, our work spans the public and private sectors, helping clients decarbonise large estates and create more people-focused, sustainable architecture. Ensuring our new space replicates the green credentials of our Glasgow studio is all part of our desire to be as sustainable as we encourage our clients to be.”