Leading Scottish architect Malcolm Fraser has been hired by Halliday Fraser Munro just weeks after the shock closure of his own practice
Malcolm Fraser Architects, which had 15 staff, went into liquidation last month after two decades with the architect blaming the ‘very competitive fee context’ for its demise.
Managing director David Halliday described Fraser as a leading force in Scottish architecture and said that his appointment would strengthen the practice’s existing pool of architects across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
‘His acknowledged authority in masterplanning, cultural renewal and regeneration work, combined with a consistent philosophical approach to the integrity of the built environment will bring an added dimension to Halliday Fraser Munro,’ he said.
Fraser, who is no relation to Halliday Fraser Munro founding partner Ian Fraser, said he was looking forward to taking the ‘creativity and integrity’ of his former practice to an operation ‘with the necessary resources to deliver major projects’.
Born in Edinburgh, the architect is credited with some of the Scottish capital’s best known modern buildings, including Dance Base in the Grassmarket, which was short-listed for the Stirling Prize and received the Doolan award in 2002; the Scottish Poetry Library; and the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile.
His renewal projects include the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon for Edinburgh University and the Burgh Halls in Linlithgow. Regeneration work includes masterplanning and community engagement in Kircudbright, Alloa, Berwick-on-Tweed, Stromness and Stornoway.
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