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McColl rises from SMC ashes to set up new company

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The ex-boss of architectural behemoth the SMC Group, Stewart McColl, has re-emerged with a new practice

McColl is best known for leading the ambitious and aggressive growth of his former company SMC which snapped up a range of practices across the country, including Will Alsop’s firm.

However the his dreams fell apart in May 2007 when he was forced to resign from the company he founded after ‘an unfavourable trading review’ lead to a management reshuffle.

Last month the SMC Group severed all ties with is former head by changing its name, which bore McColl’s initials, to the Archial Group.

The Scottish architect’s new company, a six-strong outfit called Robinson McColl, has been set up with Alister Robinson on the back of a project to design a 140-bed 5-star hotel and spa complex in Agadir, Morocco.

McColl said: ‘[We] propose to expand initially through organic growth and by out-sourcing to existing known contacts that have been servicing earlier contracts with Alister Robinson and/or Stewart McColl.

‘The company will progress into both organic growth plus a strictly controlled programme of buy and build, i.e. the purchase of architect/design businesses, only implemented as markets show signs of improvement or on an opportunistic company by company basis.’

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