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Cre8architecture is an architectural consultancy established in Edinburgh in 2006 by three partners who had previously been working together in a large UK wide practice. Peter Bowman, Lynn Algar and Ian Hogg all wanted to get back to designing buildings rather than being swallowed up by the bureaucracy involved in managing a large business.
In hindsight, this was probably not the best of timing given the economic climate over the last 5 years but they are pleased to say that during this period, when the number of architects employed in Scotland has fallen by 50%, cre8 have not made any significant changes to their staff numbers.
As an office of 10 people, cre8 have been fighting well above their weight having completed over £100million of construction work and with a further £50million due to start in 2014. Clients include Scottish Widows, Dundee City Council, Fife Council, National Services Scotland, Royal College of Surgeons and the Festival Theatre Edinburgh.
Their workload is spread across both the private and public sectors with recently completed projects being Exchange Place, Edinburgh – a £50million office development for Scottish Widows PLC, the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre, Glenrothes a £25million regional sports facility, Meridian Court, Glasgow a £10million refurbishment and fit-out of a 7 storey 1970’s office building for NHS National Services Scotland, On-X, Linwood Sport and Community Centre a £25million sports and adult day care centre and Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre, a £13million Sports and leisure centre.
How does a relatively small office work on such large and prestigious projects? The answer to this was integral to the cre8 philosophy when starting the practice – collaboration. The majority of projects are won in competition and this ‘best in class’ approach of putting together unique combinations of talent and experience means that they can bring together an unbeatable team.
This has seen cre8 lead the team in the above projects but also work with a world renowned architect lead team, Kengo Kuma and Associates from Tokyo, in winning the design competition for the V&A at Dundee Design Museum, a £45million project which will start on site in spring 2014.
Peter says "Our projects take a long time from inception to completion, typically 4 – 5 years and sometimes considerably longer, so with 3 completing recently we have more to show for our efforts which will help give momentum to our continued development over the coming years".
Springfords have been providing accountancy services to cre8 from start up and we look forward to continuing this relationship as they grow and develop further in the future.
To find out more about cre8architecture LLP visit their web site at www.cre8architecture.com.