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13 June 2023
BMA Scotland HQ, 14 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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British Medical Association HQ in Edinburgh
The Grade A-listed 14 Queen Street is a notable example of Scottish Georgian architecture, situated in Edinburgh’s UNESCO-protected New Town. The New Town World Heritage Site is characterised by a diverse portfolio of architecturally significant commercial and residential buildings including designs from John & Robert Adam and Sir William Chambers.
5 Oct 2022
JRA launches Edinburgh studio
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• New studio will be led by Angela St Clair-Ford, Associate Director
• Edinburgh is the third location for the international architecture practice, adding to its established offices in central London and Poland
• Studio will focus on interior design projects, as well as supporting projects outside central London, including Manchester, Birmingham, and Scotland
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31 May 2022
JRA appoints new associate directors to its board
New associate directors at JRA (from left to right): Mark Wibberley, David Magyar (director), Kerri Cooke, Nathalie Bergvall, Angela St Clair-Ford, John Robertson (founder & director), Etain Fitzpatrick and Festus Moffat (director):
photograph © Debra Hurford Brown
John Robertson Architects (JRA) has confirmed the appointment of five new associate directors.
The new associate directors – who between them bring almost 50 years’ experience of working at JRA – are Nathalie Bergvall, Kerri Cooke, Etain Fitzpatrick, Angela St Clair-Ford and Mark Wibberley. Their industry expertise ranges from office, residential, education and mixed-used schemes to undertaking client monitoring & compliance services and advising on heritage-related designs both in the UK and internationally.
Bergvall oversees design across all JRA’s projects, as well as bids and competitions. Cooke has a particular expertise in workplace refurbishment and reuse. Fitzpatrick’s experience focuses on delivering high-end developments which integrate public realm and infrastructure, often on constrained sites. St Clair-Ford specialises in workplace consultancy and fit-out of interiors for a range of educational and commercial occupiers. And Wibberley is an expert in client monitoring (CMT) using his extensive knowledge and project experience to ensure that technical requirements are contract compliant both in terms of design and during construction.
New associate directors at JRA (from left to right): Angela St Clair-Ford, David Magyar (director), Etain Fitzpatrick, Kerri Cooke, John Robertson (founder & director), Festus Moffat (director), Mark Wibberley and Nathalie Bergvall:
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The practice – founded in 1993 – has been involved with some of the most high-profile projects in London during the past decade including the Bush House and Aldwych Quarter, Great Arthur House, Bracken House, 33 King William Street and the recently completed Bloom, Clerkenwell. The appointments come at a time when the practice is looking to build on its existing portfolio of retrofitting Grade A office and mixed-used developments – particularly in London – while growing new workstreams in the workplace, sustainable retrofit, educational, residential, civic and other sectors.
Founding director John Robertson said: “The practice has built a strong reputation in the marketplace over the past three decades. The promotion of these five exceptional individuals recognises JRA’s evolution in recent years towards creating a portfolio of projects which places sustainability, diversity and wider ESG issues at its focus. It also reflects, I believe, our flexibility as an employer and our ability to nurture and encourage a committed team of top-quality designers.”
JRA is an award-winning AJ100 architectural practice with offices in London and Edinburgh. It employs around 60 people and its work has been recognised in recent years by organisations including the RIBA (National and London), the BCO, NLA and the Civic Trust.
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22 Sep 2020
Frederick’s Place and Old Jewry, City of London, England, UK
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Frederick’s Place and Old Jewry London
JRA has completed the sensitive refurbishment and restoration of 1-3 and 7-8 Frederick’s Place, and 35 Old Jewry, as part of its master plan for the Mercers’ Company.
6 Mar 2020
Skanska Headquarters, 51 Moorgate, City of London, England, UK
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Skanska Headquarter in Moorgate
The Skanska Headquarter premises will provide the world-leading project development and construction group with a new regional headquarters for its London projects, as well as offering additional sustainable Grade A office space to other occupiers.
6 Sep 2019
Cannon Green workplace design, near Cannon Street station, London, England, UK
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Cannon Green London Workplace
JRA has revitalised an existing office building in the City of London with a prominent new entrance hall and retail podium. Briefed by client Ocubis with creating “Clerkenwell meets the City”, Cannon Green provides a contemporary workplace environment complete with hot-desking and co-working spaces, as well as bike storage, showers and a cycle workshop.
3 Oct 2018
Bureau, Fetter Lane, Midtown, London, England, UK
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Fetter Lane Bureau in London Workspace
Evans Randall Investors is pleased to announce the completion of Bureau, its high quality development at 90 Fetter Lane in London’s Midtown, which has created a signature building comprising more than 60,000 sq. ft. of offices and around 13,000 sq. ft. of flexible retail and office space. Evans Randall Investors is also pleased to announce that 40% of Bureau is under offer to a multinational company and owner of major consumer brands, which is planning to move its UK headquarters into the high specification accommodation.
26 Aug 2015
Broadgate Quarter Refurb, 1 Snowden Street, London, England, UK
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Broadgate Quarter, London Office Refurbishment
John Robertson Architects (JRA) has completed the refurbishment of 1 Snowden Street at Broadgate Quarter, on the border of the City and Shoreditch in London. Completed on behalf of the building owner Hines, JRA’s work repositions the eleven year old building, bringing it up to the standard expected of office accommodation in this dynamic and changing area of the City.
Location: London, England, UK
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Architect offices based at Bankside in central London, Edinburgh in Scotland and in Lodz in Poland.
John Robertson Architects (JRA)
Since its formation in 1993, JRA has designed and delivered buildings that have established the firm’s reputation as innovative architects who consistently realise client’s ambitions and resolve complex problems with purpose and flair. Guided by founder John Robertson, the practice is led by Festus Moffat, David Magyar and Smita Bhat, supported by an accomplished team of associate directors. Together, they have wide ranging project experience in the UK, EMEA and international markets, and in masterplanning exercises across conceptual and detailed design stages. The practice’s portfolio spans the office, residential, heritage, education, hotel, compliance monitoring and residential sectors.
JRA is currently undertaking commercial, higher education and residential projects in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh, adding significant value through creative, sustainable and thoughtful design. JRA’s recent completed projects include the environmentally outstanding workspace Bloom Clerkenwell for HB Reavis, a historic complex of buildings at Frederick’s Place as part of the Mercers’ Company’s Estate, the prominent repositioning projects Bureau and The Ludgate, the new workplace concept at Cannon Green, and the redevelopment and fit out of Skanska’s headquarters at 51 Moorgate.
Contemporary British Architectural Designs
London Architect – design practice listing on e-architect
London Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:
Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal Programme
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Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal
NoMad London, 4 Bow St, Covent Garden, WC2E 7AT
Design: Roman and Williams
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NoMad London Hotel, Covent Garden
London Architecture Designs – chronological list
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