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Glasgow's new practices: INCH Architecture

Alisdair and lesley, inch
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The AJ takes a look at Glasgow’s emerging architects, discovering how they have adapted and stayed motivated in a procurements system designed for big practices

Who are you?
We are a team of five, led by the founding director Lesley Palmer (right) and director Alisdair Clements (left), and underpinned by our social objectives. 

When did you set up?
October 2012

What was your breakthrough project?
The Horticultural Training Community Centre for Inverclyde Association for Mental Health, in Greenock. The project is currently on site and due for completion in summer 2017. The project was conceived as a walled garden, with a green roof and densely planted courtyard. The scheme takes its cues from Greenock’s rich history of terraced green spaces and parks.  

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Source: Ed Wright Visuals

Horticultural Training Community Centre for Inverclyde Association for Mental Health, in Greenock

What are you currently working on?
A variety of projects for both public and private clients. These include a golf club and mountain biking facility in Edinburgh for a charity that provides employability training for young adults with autism; and remodelling of a women’s shelter for Scottish Women’s Aid. 

Being based in Glasgow doesn’t limit us geographically, professionally or psychologically

How hopeful are you about your prospects as a young practice in Glasgow?
Being based in Glasgow doesn’t limit me, or our practice geographically, professionally or psychologically. 

What is the biggest challenge facing your practice?
Putting aside being profitable and continuing to win projects and sustainable growth, the biggest challenge is continuing to maximise our positive impact on the communities in which we work, beyond the fabric of the building.

How will you ensure you remain profitable?
By staying lean, recognising opportunity and being prepared to take risks on clients, projects and ideas.  

Which architects inspire your practice?
We’re inspired by many individuals and not solely architects. The human geographer Danny Dorling is inspiring for his social approach to data, as is the rigour and rhythm of Alvaro Siza’s work. It changes frequently. 

Midge Net

Midge Net

The Midge Net in Glendaruel, by Inch Architecture

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