Holmes Miller has opened a new purpose-built studio in Hertfordshire, to support a pipeline of public sector projects in South East England
The new studio will be home to the company’s south eastern based team, and will provide the business will a convenient hub to support public sector projects in the region.
The St Albans studio 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. Mark 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.
‘A pivotal time for the UK’s construction sector’
Callum Houston, managing director, Holmes Miller, commented: “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.”
Creating more people-focused, sustainable architecture
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.”
The opening of the new studio builds on the firm’s Sustainability Charter launched in 2020, which committed Holmes Miller to environmentally sustainable and ethical design and building practices.
The firm is also seeking applicants for part 2 assistant architect positions in the new office, working on exciting public and private sector projects across their key markets, leisure, later-life accommodation, and sports facilities.