Scott Brownrigg makes strategic internal promotions


International design practice, Scott Brownrigg, has promoted a number of its Directors, to reflect its ongoing success, in what has, and continues to be a difficult market.  These top level changes see Executive Director, Darren Comber appointed to the role of Chief Executive, to work alongside Jonathan Hill as Chairman, in providing further leadership and future vision for the award winning practice.  In addition, three of the practice’s Directors have been promoted to Group Director Level.  The strategic promotions of Michael Olliff, Mike Warren and Richard McCarthy reflect the practice’s international expansion plans and further strengthen its strategic direction. 

Michael leads the Education Sector at Scott Brownrigg.  Following successes with BSF Lambeth, Newham, Kent and Somerset, he is now looking at further opportunities in the UK and internationally. Notable projects include St Batholomew’s School, Newbury, The Elmgreen School, Lambeth and Sarah Bonnell School, Stratford.  As an active member of the British Council for School Environments (BCSE), Michael also led the endorsed research paper “Rethinking school capital investment: the new 3Rs”, and is working on a number of education models that address the future of learning.

Mike has overall responsibility for the practice’s Defence expertise, and has successfully won some of the largest Defence projects in the UK for the practice; helping to secure its position at the forefront of Defence design. This has culminated in the recent award win for the Joint MoD Headquarters Building, Northwood, for ‘Best Operational Project’ at the Partnerships Bulletin Awards. Both he and Michael will be responsible for leading international development for the practice.

As head of the Residential and Industrial teams, Richard is responsible for a number of high profile schemes, including the recently completed Bodleian Book Storage Facility in Swindon, for Oxford University, and large scale, London residential projects, Chelsea Bridge Wharf and Marco Polo House in Battersea, which is currently awaiting planning permission. 

The promotions follow a number of exciting developments within the practice, which include the opening of an office in Croatia; a newly created association with UNK Projects based in Moscow; and a recent number of project award wins, which include a BCO Regional Award for Kestrel House, HR Wallingford and a Partnerships Bulletin Award for MoD Joint Headquarters Northwood, plus BCSE Award shortlistings for St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury and Sarah Bonnell School, Stratford.