Holmes Miller expands into south east England with new studio

HOLMES Miller Architects has announced an expansion into south east England with the opening of a new studio in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

The move is designed to support what the practice described as an ‘exciting pipeline’ of public sector projects in the region.

The new space will initially house the company’s south eastern based team and is said to replicate Holmes Miller’s Minerva Street studio in Glasgow with the same approaches to breakout space, outfitting, and technology.

The firm’s current projects in the south east include regenerating Borden town centre in Hampshire; decarbonising Watford Town Hall and Coliseum; and the £27 million London South Bank Technical College in Vauxhall.

The new office will be headed up by director Mark Ellson, who was a key figure in Holmes Miller’s recently launched specialist consultancy, Sussed Sustainability.

Callum Houston, MD, 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.”