Scott Brownrigg and Acanthus Architects LW Join Forces

26.11.18

Scott Brownrigg has acquired rail infrastructure specialists Acanthus Architects LW.

This strategic move aligns with Scott Brownrigg’s strategy for international growth and provides a specialist rail team that complements its existing expertise in aviation design and delivery. 

“The acquisition of Acanthus Architects LW supports our 5-year plan for international growth and horizontal and vertical expansion. Having Acanthus Architects LW join the Scott Brownrigg family will strengthen our sector breadth and enhance our current transport expertise, which most recently has been aviation focussed. It will enable us to promote a combined infrastructure offering to clients on a global scale” says CEO Darren Comber.

Founded in 1978 Acanthus Architects LW is a 30-strong practice of architects, and historic building consultants. Their current transport clients comprise Transport for London, London Underground, DLR and Network Rail amongst others. Recently completed schemes include Tottenham Court Road station, Crossrail Paddington Bakerloo Line Link, the Metropolitan Line Extension and Bath Spa station listed building works as part of the Great Western Electrification Project. The practice is currently working on the Meridian Water Network Rail station in the London Borough of Enfield, Paddington Bakerloo line station works as part of the Paddington Square development, and Step-Free Access schemes to London Underground stations.

Whilst they have a significant reputation for infrastructure design, they are also well known for their housing, education, heritage and conservation work which provide a synergy to Scott Brownrigg’s existing work within these sectors. In particular their expertise in PRS and Social Housing will enhance Scott Brownrigg’s residential work. Current projects include London City Island residential development for Ecoworld Ballymore, restoration to Hogarth’s House Museum and a new modern educational building currently on site.

“The move offers exciting global growth opportunities” explains Acanthus Architects LW Director Michael Watkins. “As well as complementary work, both practices have a shared commitment to design quality and a robust attitude to technical delivery, which has enabled both to build lasting client relationships over the years and forge new ones. In becoming part of Scott Brownrigg, we will be able to work with clients on a global scale, which has previously been prohibitive due to our size”. 

They will continue to operate under the Acanthus Architects LW brand for a six-month transition period.