Burgeoning AJ120 practice Scott Brownrigg has taken over GMW Architects as part of plans to move into the airport sector
The acquisition will grow Scott Brownrigg’s team to more than 300 across nine international offices and follows the announcement last week that the practice has opened a new office on New York’s Fifth Avenue.
It said the purchase of GMW Architects would allow it to ‘strengthen the breadth and depth of its sector and service offering within the industry’, while also allowing the practice to move into the international transport sector.
International transport specialist GMW is on the Network Rail Framework and recently completed the 150,000m² passenger terminal at the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina.
It is currently working on the completion of the new Istanbul Airport which was designed by Grimshaw Architects, Nordic Office of Architecture and Haptic. The practice will continue to be deliver the scheme under the GMW International brand – a new subsidiary of Scott Brownrigg.
Staff from GMW will continue to work in its Battersea office but the practice will now cease to trade under its name.
Chief executive officer of Scott Brownrigg, Darren Comber said: ‘The acquisition of GMW entirely fits with our approach of strengthening the practice for the future. The integration of complementary and successful architectural firms will offer us the ability to either enter new markets or add vertical and horizontal expansion to sectors we are already recognised for.
‘GMW has a respected reputation for designing and delivering City of London office buildings as well as being recognised as a leading designer of transportation projects, nationally and internationally. Both of these sectors are specific areas of interest to Scott Brownrigg.
He added: ‘The acquisition of GMW will significantly contribute to the strengthening of the airport sector for Scott Brownrigg, a sector that we are internationally acclaimed for. It is part of our vision and desire to strengthen this status and the acquisition of GMW will contribute significantly to enabling this plan to be achieved.’