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Gordon Murray Architects merges with Ryder Architecture

Gordon Murray and four former staff have joined Ryder Architecture just two weeks after Gordon Murray Architects (GMA) went into liquidation.

The new practice will trade as GMA|Ryder. The move comes less than two years after GMA was founded amid the break-up of Gordon Murray and Alan Dunlop Architects. Murray and Dunlop ended a 14-year working relationship in April last year, leaving the majority of staff with GMA.

In a statement, Murray – who is a former RIAS president and current SCHOSA chair – said he believed making alliances with larger practices was ‘essential’ to cope with a ‘paradigm shift’ in procurement, construction and delivery.

He added: ‘Ryder Architecture is recognised as among the best practices in the UK not only in design but in practice based research and I believe that creating GMA|Ryder will allow us to respond positively to this shift, whilst continuing to deliver innovative, award winning buildings.’

Ryder Architecture managing director, Mark Thompson, added there were ‘synergies’ between the companies, citing a shared ability to deliver ‘highly creative design services.’

He said: ‘This coming together will allow us collectively to build further on the successful work we are already recognised for in Scotland, whilst broadening the scope of work we undertake both in the UK and internationally.’

The £65 million anti-organised crime nerve centre in Gartcosh, Glasgow designed with BMJ Architects and is one of the projects on the GMA’s books.

Ryder already operates four UK offices including one in Glasgow a short distance from GMA’s Sauchiehall Street studio.

The acquisition comes two months after London-based Jeffery Associates Architecture merged with Ryder and seven months after the company launched a joint venture business with TFP Farrells aimed at tapping into China’s healthcare sector.

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