AJ100 big-hitter Scott Brownrigg has acquired 30-strong London-based rail infrastructure specialist Acanthus Architects LW
The acquisition of the 40-year-old firm, which is part of the Acanthus network of practices, will create a combined workforce of 301, including 134 qualified architects.
The purchase is part of Scott Brownrigg’s ongoing growth plans. Earlier this year the practice broke into the top 10 of the AJ100 rankings – the AJ’s league table of the UK’s largest architectural companies – with a head count of 119 registered architects.
Scott Brownrigg recently announced the opening of a new studio in Amsterdam, focusing on ‘corporate and technology-intensive projects’, as well as the relocation of its burgeoning Singapore and New York teams into larger offices. The practice now has nine studios around the world.
Scott Brownrigg’s chief executive Darren Comber said: ‘The acquisition of Acanthus Architects LW supports our five-year plan for international growth and horizontal and vertical expansion’.
’[The move] will strengthen our sector breadth and enhance our current transport expertise, which most recently has been aviation focused. It will enable us to promote a combined infrastructure offering to clients on a global scale.’
Acanthus Architects LW’s existing clients include Transport for London, London Underground, DLR and Network Rail.
Recently completed schemes include Tottenham Court Road station, the Crossrail Paddington Bakerloo Line Link, the Metropolitan Line Extension and Bath Spa station listed building works as part of the Great Western Electrification Project.
The practice is currently working on the Meridian Water Network Rail station in Enfield and Paddington Bakerloo line station works as part of the Paddington Square development.
It will continue to operate under its existing name for a six-month transition period.
Acanthus Architects LW director Michael Watkins said: ‘The move offers exciting global growth opportunities.
‘As well as complementary work, both practices have a shared commitment to design and a robust attitude to technical delivery, which has enabled both to build lasting client relationships over the years and forge new ones.
‘In becoming part of Scott Brownrigg, we will be able to work with clients on a global scale, which has previously been prohibitive, due to our size.’
Acanthus Architects LW’s recenly completed art block for Riverside School in Haringey north London