Darton EGS and B3 Architects have merged, creating a new firm with 150 staff across 11 offices in the UK
The new group has been created with immediate effect, in a move described by the firm as ‘strategic’. The deal, which followed months of discussions, marks the latest addition to the burgeoning B3 Architects network.
In 2011 B3 snaffled up both Aberystwyth-based studio James Jenkins Thomas and Glasgow’s G5 Architecture & Design.
Alistair Hamilton, previously managing director at Darton EGS, will retain the same role at the merged practice.
He said: ‘This exciting move builds on the momentum we have created in developing our business and will create a national force to further enhance our service provision to clients throughout the UK.’
The new operation will provide services including architecture, project management, building services design, interior design, building information modelling, health & safety and 3D visualisation, he said.
The firm will operate from offices in London, Loughborough, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Cardiff, Briston, Newtown, Aberystwyth, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Hamilton is joined on the board by David Suggitt, Keith Hardcastle, Alex Lodge, Ciara Ryan, Rory Campbell-Pilling and Paul Davies from Darnton EGS, together with Dyfrig Jones and Simon Turner of B3 Architects
Jones said: ‘This is a very exciting development for both companies; the merger will strengthen our position in the market considerably.’
Major clients currently include Marks & Spencer, Wm. Morrisons, Lloyds Banking Group, London Underground, Primark, Vodafone, Nestlé, Coca Cola, the Welsh Government and Swansea University.
Darnton EGS Ltd was originally created through the merger of Darnton Elgee and EG&S Ltd in 2008.
B3 Architects was this year listed as the 109th largest architectural practice in the UK in the AJ120 list.
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More practices join burgeoning B3 stable
Booming Cardiff-based practice B3 Architects has added yet another design studio to its growing fold after merging with Glasgow’s G5 Architecture & Design
The news comes just months after the company snaffled up Aberystwyth’s James Jenkins Thomas (1 July) and gives B3 its first outpost in Scotland.
The 60-strong practice now has seven regional offices in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Newtown, Loughborough, Bradford, Newcastle upon Tyne and Glasgow. A spokesman for B3 told the AJ it plans to ‘increase technical staff as workload increases’.
Last year the company bought up sports and leisure specialists GLR Architects of Bradford (AJ 03.03.2010) having snapped another sports-focused practice Gibson Hamilton in 2007.
Bob Ramage, a director of G5 Architecture and Design said: ‘The merger means we can offer our clients a greater service than either practice could do individually.
‘This is best achieved when practices who share a vision of collaborative working come together to deliver innovative approaches to delivering best value for clients on projects of all sizes and complexities.’
The company’s ‘new’ Glasgow office will now be known as B3:G5.