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HOLMES PARTNERSHIP

UK ARCHITECTURE/ MIPIM 2006

Holmes Partnership has established itself as a leading architectural practice in Scotland. Ateam of more than 50 professional staff provides a full range of design, planning and consultancy services from modern open-plan studios in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Over more than 50 years, Holmes has built a reputation as a dynamic client-orientated practice, focused on the successful delivery of design solutions to both public- and private-sector clients. A high percentage of repeat business in core market sectors is evidence of its success in the delivery of major projects, achieved by prioritising client satisfaction.

Through considered analysis of the market, economic cycles and society, Holmes has always been able to identify evolving markets and position itself to address new opportunities, while maintaining its professional service to valued existing clients.

In the last decade, Holmes has concentrated on three key sectors. Large-scale projects in the residential, educational and commercial sectors dominate its current workload, along with supplementary niche-sector custodial and masterplanning work.

Holmes has secured a considerable number of educational projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme for large UK and European consortia. It has also moved beyond PPP into new procurement methodologies, including a £60 million Regional Framework Agreement for schools. In a recent market survey, Holmes was identified as the UK architectural practice with the sixth-largest involvement in the educational PPP sector.

A review of typical projects from Holmes' £500 million current workload illustrates its focus on sustainable urban development; in the sensitive reinvention of a substantial Victorian urban block for contemporary commercial purposes, or the Dutchinfluenced new residential quarters currently under construction on a number of post-industrial brownfield city-centre sites.

In Holmes' work you find modernism with a commitment to enduring quality, informed by sustainability, and delivered with style. Holmes' design-led philosophy has always striven to provide 'added value' through individual design consideration; each project exhibits its own character, personality and quality.

Holmes emphasises teamworking, both internally and externally. Design is not perceived as an elitist activity, but as a collaborative process, conducted transparently.

Currently in its third generation of partners, Holmes' positive succession planning is reaching fruition: promotion of long-serving members of staff to partnership has maintained its strength: a dynamic mixture of experience with youthful energy.

Further growth in existing markets with proposed expansion into burgeoning sectors within the UK is planned.

Contact: Harry Phillips, Holmes Partnership, 89 Minerva Street, Glasgow G3 8LE, tel 0141 204 2080, email glasgow@holmespartnership. com.

Edinburgh office: Commercial Quay, 80 Commercial Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX, tel 0131 553 2111, email edinburgh@ holmespartnership. com web www. holmespartnership. com

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