Newcastle-based +3 Architects has announced plans to merge with Nottingham’s GT Architects to form a 25-strong outfit
The new practice, GT3 Architects, is hoping to become a major player in the leisure sector, both in the UK and abroad.
It will retain the existing offices in Newcastle and Nottingham but, according to its directors, the merger will ‘provide a stronger platform for continued growth and the expansion and acquisition of new offices across the country’.
The two practices have previously worked together on the Redcar and Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart project in Teesside and, more recently, collaborated on a strategic masterplanning project in the North West and a major mixed-use development in the South West.
The firm will be led by co-directors Gary Thomason and Mark Gowdridge of GT Architects and Simon Dunstan of +3 Architecture.
Dunstan said: ‘With the polarisation of the architectural world, we reconsidered the need to become bigger to compete in a national marketplace, particularly with the leisure sector and overseas side of the business.
‘Leisure is a big market but there are relatively few players in it, and there was an awareness that we may need to grow to work with the larger clients.’
Thomason added: ‘This merger will give us a greater breadth of experience of different market sectors, and a stronger resource for ourselves and our clients to call upon.
‘Our core values remain – a passion for good design, for delivering exciting buildings on time and to budget; an eye for innovation, good value for money, and a belief in making better buildings and places for everyone. The merger will give us a stronger presence in the marketplace and will provide a springboard for continued and steady growth. It is an exciting time.’