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Reid and 3D announce merger

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Architectural heavyweight Reid Architecture is to merge with fellow big hitter 3D Architects, it has been revealed today.


Under the new name 3DReid, the newly-formed practice will become the country’s ninth largest architectural company, with a combined workforce of more than 320 people.




3DReid will boast offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, London and Manchester and is expected to reach a turnover of at least £20 million in its first year.




It is understood that Reid, ranked 18th in this year’s AJ100 list, and 3D, which jumped nine places to 32nd place, have a history of working together over the last 25 years.




Speaking about the merger, the chairman of the new 3DReid, current 3D director Charles Graham-Marr (pictured), said he was delighted by the move which would create a ‘strong organisation in its geographical spread, design talent, depth of resources and range of knowledge and expertise.




‘The scale, capability and sophistication of the new practice will enable us to design and deliver innovative and value-adding solutions on a wide range of projects up to the largest size and greatest complexity throughout the UK and internationally.’




‘In addition to building on our joint expertise in the retail, office, residential, industrial and distribution sectors, we will continue to develop Reid’s excellent reputation in airport design and 3D’s highly successful track record in education,’ he added.




In the last year 3D has grown impressively, acquiring hospitality specialists Ferrier Crawford Architects and opening a new outpost in Manchester.




Meanwhile Geoff Reid, who established Reid Architecture 28 years ago, has decided to take the ‘opportunity provided by the merger’ to retire from the business.




Reid said: ‘By every measure, last year was Reid’s most successful so far. It is therefore significant that it is merging at a high point in its creative life with a like-minded firm which also has an ambitious culture.




‘This is a progressive union for both practices and one which opens up exciting new opportunities,’ he added.




by Richard Waite

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