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MIPIM, Cannes, 10th March 2009. London-based Sidell Gibson Architects (SGA) is to acquire Birmingham architectural practice Crouch Butler Savage Limited. 70-strong Sidell Gibson, who has offices in London and Berlin, will take on all of Crouch Butler Savage Limited’s staff as well as the lease on the firm’s offices in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Crouch Butler Savage Limited will be wholly owned by Sidell Gibson Partnership LLP and will trade in Birmingham under the name Sidell Gibson Crouch Butler. Sidell Gibson’s London office will continue to operate as Sidell Gibson Partnership LLP.

The move is seen by both firms, who first made contact at MIPIM in 2007, as a natural development of an ongoing commercial collaboration: both have major development schemes in Birmingham and the two are already working together on a number of early stage projects in the UK and abroad. The acquisition is expected to push Sidell Gibson up the UK architects listings: in 2008 the firm was ranked = 42nd in Building Magazine’s Top 100 Architects, and = 79th in the AJ100.

Said Mark Boyland, senior partner with Sidell Gibson:
“While we continue to actively develop our business in Europe and further afield, this acquisition further consolidates our UK operations and will afford us a wider geographic reach coming out of the downturn. Crouch Butler has a fine track record and we look forward to using their added resources and local knowledge to the benefit of our UK clients.”

Said Geoff Barrett, a director of Crouch Butler Savage Limited:
“Both firms have had a definite “meeting of minds” in terms of delivering the most thoughtful and high quality service possible to clients, and in terms of their design approach. We look forward to bringing the full benefit of our combined resources to our work for clients in the commercial, residential, public, education, arts & culture and leisure & hotels sectors.”

Sidell Gibson Architects is a broad based practice with an established track record in commercial, residential and various specialist sectors. The firm is probably best known for the planning and delivery of Grade A corporate office space for clients including Land Securities plc, Argent plc, Development Securities plc, MEPC, Bayerische Hypobank and Reuters SA Europe. In the City of London alone, Sidell Gibson has taken 25 major office projects from planning to completion. The firm is currently master planner and lead architect on Ballymore’s £250 million 96,000 m² (1 million sq ft) mixed use Snowhill development in Birmingham city centre. Sidell Gibson’s interior design team is also fitting out offices for the scheme’s first tenant, Barclays Bank plc.

Elsewhere in Birmingham the firm’s arts and cultural building specialists have been appointed master planners and architects on the £50 million phased redevelopment of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. In central London Sidell Gibson currently has five development schemes on site, and is delivery architect for One New Change, Land Securities’ 56,000 m² (600,000 sq ft) mixed use scheme next to St Paul’s Cathedral designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. The firm has also recently gained planning permission for one of the UK’s largest zero carbon developments, a 1,000 unit settlement with commercial elements in Ashford, Kent, for developer ZEDHomes Ltd. This scheme will achieve Levels 5 and 6 respectively for general performance, and energy and water use, under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Currently in its 125th year, Crouch Butler Savage Limited is one of Birmingham’s oldest architectural practices with a portfolio covering the office, industrial, residential, leisure and education sectors. The firm is master planner and lead architect on Calthorpe Estates’ and Cordwell Property Group’s £70 million mixed use Edgbaston Mill development next to Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. The firm is also planning consultant and architect on Opus 9, Opus Land’s 13 hectare (32 acre) industrial site at Junction 9 of the M6 Motorway at Wednesbury, West Midlands. Crouch Butler has just submitted a revised planning application for part of the site, for a structure which combines one of Europe’s largest 3D advertising hoardings with a piece of public art designed by sculptor Colin Rose.


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