3D Architects' aggressive UK expansion has stepped up a gear, with the acquisition of hospitality sector specialist Ferrier Crawford Architects (FC).
Based in Falkirk, Scotland, Ferrier Crawford will now trade under the 3D banner, while FC boss Gordon Ferrier will become a divisional director of the company.
The practice's first job under its new guise will be as brand architect for De Vere Hotels - a role won on the strength of previous design work for Dakota Hotels.
FC is crucial to 3D boss Charles Graham-Marr's plan to cultivate more clients in the hospitality sector.
Graham-Marr said: 'Having built a strong reputation in the UK and European hospitality sector with clients such as Malmaison, De Vere and Radisson Hotels, Gordon Ferrier felt that the resources of a large national practice would add considerable benefit for his existing and future clients.
'The acquisition further broadens the extensive experience and expertise of 3D Architects and creates a strong platform for significant growth of the practice's activity in the hospitality sector.'
Established in 1989, 3D Architects recently added London and Manchester offices to its Edinburgh and Glasgow-based operation.
Current projects include 40 Princes Street, Edinburgh - a mixed-use scheme inside the city's World Heritage boundary.by Clive Walker