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20 Mar 2018
Pennywell All Care Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland
Pennywell All Care Centre in Edinburgh by Holmes Miller Architects
photo : Keith Hunter
Pennywell All Care Centre
The new Pennywell All Care Centre brings together a range of primary healthcare and support services. The building offers patients a wide range of co located services in a modern purpose built facility providing flexibility to meet changing needs.

7 Apr 2016
Holmes Miller Director Tim Gray – GIA President


Holmes Miller is very proud to support The Glasgow Institute of Architects

Friday 8th April 2016 – last Thursday evening, at The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) 2016 AGM, Holmes Miller director Tim Gray assumed the mantle of GIA President for the next two years. Tim was joined by his colleague Isabel Garriga, who will be Vice-President during his tenure and is the GIA convenor for the RIAS’s Festival of Architecture 2016.

Tim Gray, architect:
Tim Gray architect at Holmes Miller

GIA President’s chain of office:
GIA President’s chain of office

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS was founded in 1916 as the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland and is the foremost architectural institute in the country dealing with architecture and the built environment. GIA is the largest chapter of RIAS; covering Glasgow, Greater Glasgow, Clyde Valley and the surrounding areas.

Holmes Miller has been a long-standing supporter of GIA, with many members of their team volunteering time and energy on Council, Committee and Community Interaction. The GIA also administer the Holmes Miller Student Award which is presented to the best Third Year (Part 1) Candidate across both Glasgow architectural schools.

Tim and Isabel are important members of Holmes Miller’s architectural team:
Tim Gray leads Holmes Miller’s growing Commercial sector team. The recent completion of the BCSC Gold Award shortlisted new mixed-use town centre development, including retail, restaurant, hotel, cinema, leisure facilities and significant new public at Catterick Garrison and current progression of major mixed-use schemes in Perth (Thimblerow), Dundee and Glasgow has consolidated and broadened the practice’s portfolio. Isabel is currently preparing proposals for a new Community Stadium in York and concluding a significant conversion of a 1960’s office building into a hotel in Edinburgh and is a part-time architectural studio tutor at The Glasgow School of Art.

Isabel Garriga:
Isabel Garriga Holmes Miller Architects Glasgow

Tim Gray added …
“taking office in 2016, Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, is both daunting and exhilarating; I hope to maintain the momentum that has already been gained by my processor, building upon it to widen the profile of GIA with the whole community“

Holmes Miller managing director, Callum Houston, said …
“having served on a GIA committee myself I am aware how time-consuming, but also how rewarding it is for an individual architect to contribute their energies to a greater good for the profession of architecture“

The Glasgow Institute of Architects

For over ten years the Glasgow Architectural Society maintained an active presence in the city, before becoming a part of the Philosophical Society of Glasgow in 1869. General meetings, where members presented papers on a variety of topics, were held at regular intervals and recorded in the local press. Competitions were staged for the apprentice architects of the city, who in due course formed the Glasgow Architectural Association. An architectural library was built up for the use of members, and a series of plaster casts purchased which were ultimately loaned to the Glasgow School of Art and Haldane Academy.

On 18 September 1868, a new Institute promoted by the architect-only members of the original Society was incorporated. Their objectives remained much the same, being:

 the advancement of the Art and Science of Architecture

 The consideration and discussion of all subjects… connected… with the profession…

 the elevation of the attainments…and protection of the interests of the Architects of Glasgow

 The establishment of a uniform rate of charge by the members for professional business…

Links with the Royal Institute of British Architects were established as early as 1870, while a permanent association with the School of Art was also formed. In 1875, the death of Alexander Thomson saw the creation of a triennial Travelling Studentship to promote the study of Classical Architecture, which the Institute continues to award in his honour today. Winner of this scholarship in 1890 was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose correspondence from his sketching trip abroad to the Honorary Secretary of the time was gifted by GIA to the Hunterian Museum.

Concerning themselves with the many architectural competitions being staged at the close of the nineteenth century and with the education of the architectural students in the city, the Glasgow Institute of Architects was slow to support the formation of a Scottish Union of Architects, considering that the 1850 Architectural Institute of Scotland had not been a success. Although the subject was once again raised in 1897, it would be a further twenty years before the four principal Societies in Scotland would use the sum of £10,500 gifted by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson to form what would eventually become the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Today, the Glasgow Institute of Architects is the largest of the six Chapters of RIAS. The business of the Institute is run by a Council who sit on various Committees covering Architecture People and Places, Communications, Education, Practice/CPD and Conservation-Sustainability. The Institute administers Student Awards, gifted annually to students in each year of both Glasgow Schools of Architecture, and has since 1979 presented Design Awards to recognise excellence in architecture by Chapter members.

4 Apr 2016

Holmes Miller New Directors

Holmes Miller is proud to announce the addition of two new directors

4th of April, 2016 – Tim Gray and Mark Ellson have been promoted to the role of director at Holmes Miller. Their outstanding design talent, enthusiasm and noteworthy experience of delivering successful projects for the Glasgow-based architectural practice left the existing directorship in no doubt that advancement to a top management role was completely merited.

Tim Gray (left) and Mark Ellson (right) – new Holmes Miller directors:
Tim Gray and Mark Ellson Holmes Miller directors

Holmes Miller is flourishing; this latest evolution of the Holmes Miller management make-up reflects careful long-standing planning to recalibrate and strengthen their sector spread and geographical areas of activity.

Tim & Mark are important members of Holmes Miller’s architectural team:
Education is the most significant component of the practice’s portfolio of work, Mark Ellson has a leading role in the stimulating design and successful delivery of multi-million educational projects for the practice. Completion of Harris Academy in Dundee this month is a huge feather in the cap of both Mark & Holmes Miller.

Tim Gray leads Holmes Miller’s growing Commercial sector team and currently splits his time between their London & Glasgow offices. The recent completion of a retail led town centre development for Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire and current progression of major mixed-use schemes in Dundee and Glasgow has consolidated and broadened the practice’s portfolio.

Holmes Miller managing director, Callum Houston, said …
“Holmes Miller is delighting in a purple-patch of really exciting initiatives at the moment, none-more-so than the elevation of my close colleagues, who are also my good friends, to a place at the top-table“

Tim Gray added …
“I’m honestly thrilled by the opportunity to join the Holmes Miller management team at such an exciting time, there is huge potential to expand our exposure to what has been a hibernating private sector giant“

Mark Ellson added …
“I joined over a decade ago as a student, it is fantastic to now receive recognition for my role in creating landmark educational projects at Holmes Miller. I’m exhilarated by the practice’s ambition of cementing and growing the practice’s established position as a leading education-sector architect in Scotland and developing it in new geographies.“

Holmes Miller

Holmes Miller
Glasgow (Main) Office
89 Minerva Street
Glasgow, G3 8LE
Tel +44 141 204 2080
Fax +44 141 204 2082
Email glasgow@holmesmiller.com

Holmes Miller is a private limited company, wholly owned by the directors. Scottish based with offices head-quartered in Glasgow, the company is a leading UK Chartered Practice of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Primary business activity is the provision of a comprehensive range of architectural design, master planning and interior design services.

As one of Scotland’s largest architectural companies regularly featuring in the AJ100 list of UK architects, construction values on new and existing building projects range in value from £100k to £100m.

Holmes Miller offers feasibility, planning, building design and technical advisory services to public and private Clients in a number of key sectors; Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Justice, Residential, Sport and Leisure. Geographic spread extends throughout UK and internationally with projects in Australia, China, India and United States of America.

The Education and Healthcare Sectors have been major mainstays of our business over the past 10-15 years during which time we have delivered a total project value in excess of £500million. We have current and recent well established working relationships with NHS Lothian, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Borders and NHS National Waiting Times Centre as well as 20 of the Scottish Local Authorities.

In addition, we have established a niche in providing a Technical Advisor Service to our clients. This has primarily been in the Sports and Leisure sector, including the following high profile projects:

• Wembley National Stadium
• Velodrome, Handball Arena and Shooting Venues for the London 2012 Olympics.
• First Direct, Leeds Arena

Undertaking the role of Technical Advisor / Reviewer provides us with a unique insight into understanding the best practice and key design objectives for clients. We offer an integrated and collaborative approach to the role of an external technical reviewer with well-established processes and recording protocols.

Traditionally, the company has experienced organic growth, derived mostly from returning Clients who recognise the benefits of trustworthy service on offer. 80% of new business is regularly generated by commissions from existing Clients, testament to Holmes Miller commitment to service levels and end product satisfying commissioning and end user Client requirements.

With staffing numbers consistently around 50 including 33 qualified architects, the company has a long standing, structured approach to training and development, fostering transparency of objectives, clarity of purpose and focus on high levels of service and customer satisfaction.

Buildings by Holmes Miller

Harris Academy, Dundee, Tayside, eastern Scotland
Harris Academy Dundee by Holmes Miller Architects
image from architects
Harris Academy Dundee – 12 Mar 2013
Holmes Miller have submitted a detailed planning application for the redevelopment of Harris Academy in Dundee. A state of the art, new build school is proposed which will deliver a variety of teaching, social and community facilities on a challenging site in Dundee’s West Conservation Area. The new build proposal replaces the existing B-Listed school building, which was constructed on site in 1926 and designed by architects Thoms and Wilkie.

Park Mains High School, Erskine, Scotland
Park Mains High School Building Erskine by Holmes Miller Architects
photograph © Andrew Lee
Park Mains High School – 23 Oct 2012
The innovative new building, accommodating 1400 pupils and 136 staff, was designed through extensive consultation with the Education department and the School to provide a platform for the Curriculum for Excellence to flourish whilst creating a fantastic hub for the Erskine Community. The strong order of the warm orange brickwork grid unifies the building, with raking parapets creating dramatic perspective at key corners. 23 Oct

Holmes Miller – Recent Buildings

The Cargill Centre, Kilmacolm, Inverclyde, west Scotland
Kilmacolm Library Building by Holmes Miller Architects
photograph from Civic Trust
The Cargill Centre – 27 Feb 2012
Holmes Miller, as Project Architects, recently completed ‘The Cargill Centre’, a competition-winning design for a new community centre, library and commercial unit in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde – which is to be officially opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire on 28th February 2012.

Marischal College, Aberdeen, northeast Scotland
Marischal College Building
photo © Keith Hunter
New photographs of Marischal College unveiled – 24 Jan 2012 + 21 Nov 2011
Marischal College in Aberdeen, one of the largest, and finest, granite buildings in the world, has been restored to the ‘Silver City’s’ skyline once again, after a major £40 million redevelopment by Holmes Architects.
Following the successful completion of a two-year long restoration and upgrade, the soaring silver-white granite landmark has re-emerged as the new HQ for Aberdeen City Council.
At 400ft long and 80ft high, Marischal College is the world’s second largest granite building after El Escorial Palace in Madrid. The former University of Aberdeen building was constructed at a time when Aberdeen was exporting more granite than it was using on its own buildings.

7 Nov 2011

Holmes Miller Practice News

Holmes Partnership and Miller Partnership Announce Merger

Two of Scotland’s largest and most recognised Architectural Partnerships have merged.

A new architectural practice, forged from two of Scotland’s longest-established and well-recognised firms, has been created comprising Glasgow-based firms Holmes Partnership and The Miller Partnership, to form a fresh national practice with a growing portfolio of international projects.

Reflecting the strong brand name of each firm the new practice will retain the names of the original founders and is now known as Holmes Miller. Each practice has a strong UK workload, with recent awards of significant public and private projects in UK, China and India.

Brit Oval, London, England by The Miller Partnership:
Surrey Cricket Ground
building image from Miller Partnership

The values ‘Dedicated, Open & Creative‘ will continue to be at the core of the new business. The new practice will continue to operate from purpose designed offices at 89 Minerva Street, Glasgow utilising ICT systems designed to support international workloads and time zones.

Holmes & Miller were established in Scotland over 50 years ago, through time specialising within different sectors. The merger, therefore, provides a perfect fit with little duplication. The personnel in the practices have a positive ethos and share a strategic vision for growth. Holmes Miller will exploit these strengths to achieve our vision and will provide a wider range of project expertise to Clients.

Holmes Miller will continue to provide existing clients with the highest standards of design and service. Whilst continuing to maintain a focus upon UK projects the firm is on the point of establishing a joint venture practice registered in China to service projects in several cities the mainland of the PRC.

The combined sector experience and skill base covers Custodial, Education, Stadia, Leisure, Residential, Commercial, Healthcare, Industrial, Conservation, Master-Planning, Interior Design, & Community projects, for both Public and Private clients.

Design excellence and client-focused service are cornerstones of the practice.

The merged practice will be incorporated on 1 January 2012. No job losses are planned.

Manchester United Stadium, Manchester, England by The Miller Partnership:
Manchester United Stadium
image from Miller Partnership


“The Miller team brings experience in depth of sectors not covered by Holmes, including sports stadia and social housing. The merger of the two practices strengthens the long-term prospects for the new combined team. We are enthusiastic about the increased opportunities that the merger brings” said Holmes’ Chairman Harry Phillips.

“Our shared ethos of collaborative working methods, coupled with delivering innovative approaches and best value has facilitated the process of the merger and underpins our commitment to the success of the new practice“.

“Holmes Miller draws on an extensive skill set provided by experienced professionals that is rarely available in an independent practice. No nonsense Scottish business ethics combined with design flair focussed on client need distinguishes our services from most other organisations. We are delighted to offer our clients a greater service than either practice could provide on its own” says Robert Kennedy of Miller Partnership. “The reputation of Holmes Partnership is a perfect match for Miller Partnership’s, their sector coverage complements our own and our combined skill base allows us to deliver design flair with technical excellence. We are looking forward to continued growth and success.”

Holmes Miller:
Holmes Miller
image from Holmes Miller

Holmes Miller Practice Details

89 Minerva Street
Glasgow, G3 8LE
Tel +44 (0) 141 204 2080
Fax +44 (0) 141 204 2082
Email glasgow(at)holmespartnership.com

The Miller Partnership
19 Royal Crescent
Glasgow, G3 7SX
Tel +44 (0) 141 331 1101
Fax +44 (0) 141 331 9101
Email arch(at)millerpart.co.uk

Holmes Miller Architects – Former Practice Information

Holmes Partnership, a leading UK-based architectural practice based in Glasgow, provides a full range of design, planning and consultancy services.

110 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland by Holmes Partnership:
110 Queen Street Glasgow
image from Holmes

Established in 1951 Holmes has built a reputation as a dynamic client-orientated practice, delivering innovative building solutions for public and private-sector clients. Large-scale projects in the residential, educational, custodial, healthcare and commercial sectors now form the bulk of our current workload, with niche-sector, hotel, and masterplanning work making up the balance.

Holmes is ranked by the Architects Journal in the top ten architecture practices in Scotland, and is repeatedly listed among the AJ100 practices in the UK.

Our dedication to providing clients with a service based wholly around their needs, budget and high expectations is second-to-none. Holmes has built its reputation on providing clients with the confidence and assurance they need to realise their building projects; benefitting from our unrivalled knowledge and experience of contemporary and traditional techniques & procurement methods.

From multi-million pound developments to small bespoke projects our attitude is always consistent. We listen, learn and respond.

Holmes is committed to the principles of delivering sustainable architecture. For us sustainable building design is good sense – an aspiration to build to the highest quality possible, with maximum environmental, social and economic benefit.

At Holmes we have a committed team of professionals. We guarantee all our clients experience, energy and enthusiasm and a progressive and integrated way of working that results in high-quality, successful buildings and spaces. For 60 years Holmes has been delivering innovative design in Residential, Commercial, Education, Health, Justice, Industrial & Leisure sectors.

Holmes Partnership

Miller Partnership, a leading UK-based architectural practice based in Glasgow, provides a full range of design, planning and consultancy services.

Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, Scotland by Holmes Partnership:
Golden Jubilee Hospital
photo : Andrew Lee

The Miller Partnership has been an established architectural practice since 1956, working throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

They have developed a high profile and wide ranging portfolio of work including Sports Stadia, Hotels, Swimming Pools, Commercial Offices, Casinos, Retail Developments, Transport Buildings, Education Buildings and Housing.

Over the last 25 years, they have developed a substantial reputation nationally and internationally for experience, expertise and flair in the design and delivery of successful stadium projects and multi-purpose venues. Their high profile in the world of sport design has increased their involvement at a number of levels and as well as delivering fully developed design schemes, they are now also involved in providing Master Planning, Specialist Sports Consultancy, Design Auditing and Technical Due Diligence on a UK wide basis.

Most notably The Miller Partnership are Technical Advisor for Wembley National Stadium & External Technical Reviewer on London 2012, and are responsible for prestigious projects including the new OCS Stand at The Brit Oval (Surrey County Cricket Club), Rose Bowl (Hampshire Cricket Club), Manchester United Stadium, The Stadium of Light (Sunderland AFC), Kingston Communications Stadium (Hull) , Ricoh Arena (Coventry), Aberdeen Arena (Aberdeen FC).

Miller Partnership

Key Projects by Holmes Partnership

Golden Jubilee National Hospital – entry + reception, Clydebank, Scotland
Golden Jubilee Hospital
photo : Andrew Lee
Golden Jubilee National Hospital

110 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland
110 Queen Street Glasgow
image from Holmes
110 Queen Street Glasgow – link further up this page

Waddington Building, Edinburgh, Scotland
Waddington Building
image from Holmes
Waddington Building

Key Projects by The Miller Partnership

Manchester United Stadium, Manchester, England, UK
Date built: 2006
Man United Stadium
image from Miller Partnership
Manchester United Stadium : MUFC Building

Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
Date built: 1994
Murrayfield Stadium
photo © Adrian Welch
Miller Partnership : Scottish Rugby Stadium building

Surrey County Cricket Ground – Redevelopment, south London, England, UK
Date built: 2005
Oval Stadium
image from Miller Partnership
London Stadium : Brit Oval building

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John Knox House Edinburgh building
photograph © Daniel Lomholt-Welch
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