By Ian McConnell
A Scottish architectural firm, including the St. James Quarter, New Waverley, The Tun and the BioQuarter masterplan, which has been involved in a variety of high-profile ventures in Edinburgh, has passed into employee ownership.
Allan Murray Architects, which was founded in 1992 and has a staff of 13, will continue to be headed by directors Conor Pittman and Kenny McNally. The deal makes the full retirement of Allan Murray, who previously owned all the shares.
A spokesperson stressed the big growth plans for 2021 for the company.
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“We have Allan’s incredible legacy and a team that has soaked up so much knowledge and recognition over the last few decades – and now we want to get our act together and come out of the challenges the whole sector has faced over the last year. Employee ownership will help us grow and develop – and approach new tasks with more ingenuity and responsibility. It will also ensure that our team is fully rewarded for their brilliant work.”We have the incredible legacy of Allan and a team that has absorbed so much knowledge and recognition over the last few decades – and now we want to get our act together and emerge from the challenges faced by the entire industry over the past year. Employee ownership will help us grow and develop and approach new tasks with more ingenuity and accountability.
Pittman pointed to “exciting projects” such as the Abbey Lane project in Edinburgh, for which 298 students were given planning permission for accommodation.
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