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Introduction Part of the Ingenium international group of companies, Archial NORR is a leading, UK-based, architectural practice, delivering intelligent solutions to clients in both the public and private sectors. We offer the highest level of service in both design and technical delivery. Our approach to projects is always client-focused: we deliver bespoke solutions innovating to suit the precise needs of the client. Our concept design and detailed construction technology is delivered with a high level of management experience, always with a Director allocated to every client throughout the commission. Our track record of award winning projects reflects the quality of our work and our attention to detail. Serving the needs of a diverse international client base, we create the spaces and places that people value for…

Creative Integrity Economic Performance Environmental Responsibility Personal Experience Social Contribution

This is our philosophy for achieving bespoke strategic solutions for clients in every commission…

…this is what we call ‘Intelligent Architecture’.

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Our Ethos Archial NORR’s focus on client requirements encompasses the consideration of a set of 5 parameters which, together combine to create a unique strategic blueprint for every project.

We call this ‘Intelligent Architecture’.

Creative Integrity At the heart of all successful architecture. Our approach ensures that each project delivers at aesthetic, practical and technical levels.

Economic Performance Fundamental to every project’s success. We create high quality environments that are commercially robust ‘Added value’ by ‘Intelligent Architcture’ is central to Archial NORR.

Environmental Responsibility All buildings have a short and longer term impact on the environment. Archial NORR pioneer low-cost, commercially viable, sustainable designs.

Personal Experience A project ultimately succeeds or fails at an individual level: buildings must work on a human scale and create a positive experience for every user.

Social Contribution Archial NORR believes buildings can, and should, have a positive impact on the quality of life of those who use them, directly or indirectly.

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StudIo LocAtIonS

Edmonton Ottawa

Inverness Aberdeen

Toronto Calgary Vancouver

Kingston Chicago




Washington Newcastle



Cambridge Birmingham

Abu Dhabi Mumbai


regional head office office

East End Connector, Glasgow Airport, UK

TRANSPORT EXPERIENCE At Archial NORR, we believe the design process for transport systems presents one of the greatest challenges in the industry with its focus not just on customer experience, but on cost imperatives, alongside evolving best practice. Innovation in environmental responsibility is a key factor in all we do and is frequently the driver in our designs. Our experience within the aviation sector in particular, spans over 15 years. Our Aviation team draws on experience from direct operational activity with an airport authority in addition to broad technical expertise. Our projects have frequently involved working within buildings which continue to be operational. Our reputation for collaborative client relationships and our commitment to the highest standards mean clients return to us again and again to help them meet their objectives.


EdInBurgh AIrPort EdInBurgh, uK trAnSPort: AvIAtIon Archial norr were appointed by heery International to develop a major project at Edinburgh Airport and the concept was taken through scheme design, detail design and production information. total project included a new check in hall of 44 desks, a new domestic arrivals concourse with three reclaim carousels and a completely remodeled and extended first floor containing new retail and catering facilities. other features were centralised passenger search / security facilities, new customs, Immigration and Special Branch facilities, a new international arrivals concourse with two reclaim carousels and new combined domestic / international lounges including associated airline executive lounges. It also included four new air jetties and 1,500 m² of commercial office space.

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CLIENT BAA SCALE 4,500 m² VALUE £42 million COMPLETION 2010

Departure Lounge Expansion Edinburgh, UK Transport: Aviation Constructed over six phases, this complex project involved the following key elements of airport design: – New 4,250 m² departure lounge extension. – Six new boarding gates and new stair links to existing aircraft stands – The 7,300 m² reconfiguration of the first floor of the existing terminal – The relocation and provision of a new 10 lane security search facility – 3,000 m² of new airside retail and catering outlet space – New BA CIP lounge – WC core extensions and refurb The new first floor, airside departure lounge extension was constructed adjacent to the existing departure lounge (including six existing boarding gates), above the existing baggage hall, over the existing head of stand road and adjacent to six live aircraft stands. The departure lounge, the gates, the baggage hall, the head of stand road and the stands were all kept live and operational throughout the construction works.


South Pier Edinburgh Airport Edinburgh, UK Transport: Aviation In 2004, Archial NORR were commissioned by BAA to undertake the design of a new 6000m² pier at Edinburgh Airport. This project was required to expand Edinburgh Airport’s facilities to accommodate an increase in domestic and international passenger numbers. The project involved a two storey, pier extension to the main terminal. The new pier incorporated 7 additional boarding gates, passenger seating, 350 m² of new retail space and new toilet facilities, at first floor level, with 1550m² of ramp and office space at ground floor level. Archial NORR’s appointment was initially to develop the concept through to the completion of scheme design. The project was then constructed under a design and build contract, with Archial NORR retained by BAA in an executive Architect and advisory role. The project started on site in 2005 and was completed in 2006.

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CLIENT BIA SCALE 1,000 m² VALUE £2 million COMPLETION 2001

Birmingham Airport T1 Birmingham, UK Transport: Aviation Archial NORR was awarded a Design and Build Contract in September 2000 to refurbish and expand the check-in facilities at Birmingham Airport’s main T1 terminal. Work was required to be completed in time for the 2001 Easter holiday traffic. The project involved the construction of an extension to the terminal, providing 12 additional check-in desks while also extending the existing baggage handling and flight information systems. The site was extremely constricted, hemmed in on one side by a multi-storey car park which was askew both horizontally and vertically, and on another by the existing terminal. The work was carried out while maintaining the existing T1 operations and included the provision of temporary escape measures from the terminal, while an existing first floor route was extended and a fire exit stair relocated.


BAA Southampton Southampton Transport: Aviation This project was a new contract for rolling programme of alterations, upgrading, and masterplanning of future developments at Southampton International Airport. Work that has already been completed includes the formation of a new Landside retail unit, remodeling of the Arrivals area and subsequent re-organisation of UK Border Agency accommodation. The visual depicted shows an option for possible future remodeling of the Departures area, including increased retail area and new interior design treatments. The framework agreement includes the ongoing task of updating and co-ordination of BAA record drawings for all buildings and facilities at Southampton.

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East End Connector, Glasgow Airport Glasgow, UK Transport: Aviation Archial NORR was commissioned by BAA Glasgow in 2003 to look at various options for covering the pedestrian link between Glasgow Airport’s Main Terminal Building (T1) and Terminal 2. As part of this project, Archial NORR was asked to investigate alternative lightweight tent or tensile solutions for the canopy, as opposed to the previous steel and glass design. The chosen option was a cable-stayed structure, in which a series of elliptical steel CHS frames serve to support the cables and intermediate ribs which in turn act as the deck to receive the 6m wide PVC coating which forms the roof of the connector. This design allowed for a reduction in the number of ground penetrations required for the structure, which stretches for 85m between the terminals. At either end the canopy is met by a portal which frames the way into each terminal building.

CLIENT Edinburgh Airport SCALE 1,000 m²

Consolidated Car Rental Centre Edinburgh, UK Transport: Aviation

VALUE £1.75 million

The £1.75 million 1,000 m² development is part of the planned £100 million investment by Edinburgh Airport over the next five years.


The project is a reception building for a consolidated car rental centre at Edinburgh Airport bringing together the disparate rental partners, currently scattered around the main terminal building, including back-up facilities for refuelling, valet and washing. Circular in concept to allow each rental partner to be presented equally to the main, central, clerestory spine, which in turn affords natural daylight into the heart of the building.

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CLIENT Docklands Light Rail SCALE 4,112 m² VALUE £10 million COMPLETION 2007

Stratford DLR Station London, UK Transport: Rail Archial NORR was commissioned by Docklands Light Railway Limited to design a completely new station, in a new location, to replace the existing DLR station at Stratford. This was in order to meet the client’s requirements for capacity enhancement, improved train frequencies and longer platforms with a corresponding new track alignment. The DLR Station forms an integral part of a much wider Transport Interchange which was upgraded in preperation for the 2012 London Olympics. The canopy to the tapering island platform, consisting of facetted, triangulated metal panels, with rooflights snaking over inclined oval columns, is a deliberate counterpoint to the sweeping curves of the existing Stratford Regional Station enclosure, into which it plugs. Occupying the centre of the island platform, are translucent, coloured, glazed screens providing weather protection, as well as incorporating passenger seating, information boards, posters and signage. Entry to the new DLR station from the street and interchange with the other railway and underground rail links will be maintained via the existing Stratford Regional Station. There is also passive provision for a potential future secondary entrance on Gibbins Road, below the DLR viaduct.

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CLIENT Canary Wharf / Docklands Light Rail SCALE 4,140 m² VALUE £10 million COMPLETION 2003

Heron Quays DLR Station London, UK Transport: Rail The ongoing development of Heron Quays, adjacent to Canary Wharf, necessitated the rebuilding of the small Docklands Light Rail station to integrate with the new structures. The complex brief dictated that the structure be wholly enclosed by the office development, but be completely self-supporting, with no structural connection to the buildings either side and above, or the railway bridge itself. The solution was to create a cradle of steel supports, their position determined by the grid of basement columns beneath, which would hold the platforms and a curved shell below the tracks which acts as acoustic protection from excessive noise generated by train movements over the steel bridge. The design also allows for free flows at ground level, where the space created acts as both station concourse and pedestrian thoroughfare. Escalators connect to both the car parking levels beneath and the platforms above. The materials and colours were selected to emphasise the independence of the architectural elements from both the adjacent Canary Wharf office buildings and the ‘Air-Rights’ office tower bridging directly over the new station. The enclosure of the station meant that particular consideration had to be given to lighting the space; the solution was the design of ‘light beams’, which radiate light throughout the space, as well as providing a conduit for all the services including the public address system above the platforms.

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CLIENT London Underground SCALE 415m × 32m VALUE £110 million COMPLETION 1998 Awards 2000 BCIA Award 2000 RIBA Civic and Community Architecture Award 1999 RIBA Stirling Prize, shortlist 1999 Concrete Society

North Greenwich Underground Station London, UK Transport: Rail North Greenwich Station has been acclaimed as perhaps the most striking of the twelve stations on London Underground’s £3.5 billion Jubilee Line Extension. As the gateway to the O2 Arena – and with its fully integrated bus station, the station has now become one of the most heavily used on the line. It is also one of the largest and forms an integrated transport interchange serving a wide area of south-east London, including the Millennium Village and other developments on the peninsula. The context for the scheme was a completely cleared but polluted former gas works site, with no existing buildings: the specific site for the station was determined by the alignment of the line, which crosses the Thames twice linking Canary Wharf, North Greenwich Peninsula and Canning Town respectively. The scheme as built consisted of a cut-and-cover box, totally enclosed by a ‘lid’ – but with passive provision for a future ‘Air-Rights’ development. As large as any mainline station, it explores older traditions in station design to create a building which mixes clarity of purpose with rich allusion and metaphor to create a point of arrival for a new quarter of London.

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CLIENT Transport for London COMPLETION Design 2002

Surrey Canal Station London, UK Transport: Rail The extension of the London Overground Line northward and southward from its current truncated spur will see the link of large areas of south east London with no tube connection to the main Underground network and north London. The only new station to be built on the southern section is at Surrey Canal Road, in the heart of the regeneration area around the old Royal Surrey Docks. The design continues a strong tradition by which a London Underground station contrives to become its own advertisement through striking design. Built on the road bridge the platforms are enclosed by a steel boxing punctured by apertures with polychromatic glazing. Access ramps to the station have similar rectangular enclosures of coloured glass. Proximity to the Millwall Football Ground suggested that issues of large passenger flows and security should be paramount to the brief, and this is reflected in a robust yet attractive design.

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CLIENT Network Rail / Thameslink 2000 VALUE £110m COMPLETION 2013

Blackfriars Thameslink 2000 London, UK Transport: Rail The Thameslink 2000 project aims to provide greatly enhanced and badly needed mainline rail links across London from north to south. For 150 years, most rail routes into London have terminated at stations north or south of the Thames, with passengers transferring to the Underground or other means of transport. By the 1990s, however, some through north-south services were being run utilising underused cross-river links. The inadequacy of the infrastructure, however, limited significant growth of these services. Thameslink 2000, providing for 24 trains (each of 12 cars) every hour in each direction, over a route extending from Norfolk to Sussex, required a major investment in new tunnels, bridges, signalling and stations. The largest investment is needed in central London, between King’s Cross / St Pancras and London Bridge, with new stations at Farringdon and Blackfriars serving the City of London. Archial NORR’s project for the reconstruction of Blackfriars Station, currently located just north of the river, was developed with a multidisciplinary engineering and design team. During the course of the project (beginning in 1993), the brief changed – the final version provides for the integration of the Blackfriars Underground station, which is to be rebuilt. The Blackfriars project reflects Archial NORR’s ability to combine high value with high style, durability with elegance, to create a deliverable piece of infrastructure which enhances London’s rapidly developing public domain.

CLIENT Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension / Toronto Transit Commission COMPLETION 2015 VALUE $200m CAD

Steeles West Subway Station Toronto, Canada Transport: Rail Archial NORR were appointed as part of the TSGA joint venture team to design Steeles West Station and the supporting infrastructure. As part of the original bid document, Archial NORR submitted a Concept Design for a ‘Station of Light’ that would provide direct and indirect sunlight into previously dark spaces within the station, including Concourse, Platform and tunnel areas. This provides both a positive psychological effect on all passengers and staff using the station and the provision of daylight a more sustainable approach to energy consumption in operation. The current concept design proposals are a development of these ideas, combining station access and daylight from two entrance canopies located at the ends of the station box that also provide for the interchange with the integrated bus stations. A further source of daylight is provided by a light cone positioned at platform mid-length and located at grade on the south west corner of Steeles Avenue and North West Gate. A proposed master-plan for Steeles West has been developed in consultation with others as part of the station proposals to provide context for the location of the station entrances, bus terminals and public realm, and to provide context for future developments in the immediate vicinity of the station.

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CLIENT Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension / Toronto Transit Commission COMPLETION 2015 VALUE $200m CAD

Finch West Subway Station Toronto, Canada Transport: Rail The Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension project is an 8.6 kilometer extension of the Spadina Subway Line from the existing Downsview Station north into the City of Vaughan, terminating at the new Vaughan Corporate Centre Station. The scope of the project will include six new subway stations. The key design principle and ambition of Finch West Station is to create a cohesive system of elements which is integrated into a singular, interdependent ‘family of objects’ realised through a unified aesthetic language of architecture, engineering, art, and landscape. Finch West Station comprises a two storey underground structure with a concourse and platform level, a single storey crossover structure to the south end of the station, and associated infrastructure and bus terminal connections at grade level. Stairs, escalators and elevators connect the concourse level to the platform level are positioned to provide seamless circulation and connectivity among all modes of transportation. Through the playful and considered use of forms, materials, colours and lighting Finch West aspires to create a unique and uplifting experience for the passenger, enhance connectivity, and set the benchmark for sustained rejuvenation and quality development through iconic architecture and an exciting public realm.

CLIENT Toronto Transit Commission COMPLETION Due 2015 VALUE $135m CAD

Keele and Caledonia Stations Toronto, Canada Transport: Rail Archial NORR in conjunction with sister company NORR were asked to design two new LRT stations, namely Keele and Caledonia, as part of the Toronto Transit Expansion programme for the Yonge and Eglington line. When complete, the stations, with a construction budget of circa CAD $200 million per station will form part of a 31km extension to Pearson Airport. The two stations were designed using simple bold geometric forms to emphasise the primary routes of circulation alongside a multitude of different inter-relating functions at grade in two very different urban environments. As heavily serviced, deep underground stations all of the plant requirements above ground emerged as distinct sculptural forms alongside the passenger entrance-ways.

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CLIENT Aberdeen Harbour Board SCALE 1,000 m² VALUE £3.7 million COMPLETION 2006

Aberdeen Marine Operations Centre Aberdeen, UK Transport: Marine The state-of-the-art Marine Operations Centre controls all vessel movements into and out of the busy Aberdeen Harbour. The building sits on a prominent site, within the Footdee Conservation Area, where the North Pier meets the main land mass. It succeeds the old Navigation Control Centre known locally as ‘The Roundhouse’, which was built in 1803 and was no longer fit for purpose. The design concept involved the interaction of two interlocking forms; solid and light. The solid element – built from precast concrete with pure white aggregate as a metaphor of a lighthouse – contains the stair, lift and toilet core. The glazed element is the Operations Centre. The ground floor area has been kept to a minimum to lighten the connection between the building and the surrounding landscape. The Centre is organised around a strict set of operational criteria in terms of security, visibility and interior comfort. A further key requirement was to consider environmental factors – a mixed mode ventilation/cooling system utilises displacement ventilation for the main floorplates, with the solid core used as a thermal mass and vertical ventilation stack.

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Summary of Experience Year




STEELES WEST SUBWAY STATION Design for Toronto ‘Station of light’ Subway Station.

$200m CAD


FINCH WEST SUBWAY STATION Toronto Subway Station as part of Spadina line extension.

$200m CAD


KEELE AND CALEDONIA STATIONS Toronto Subway Station as part of Yonge and Eglington line extension.

$135 CAD


EDINBURGH AIRPORT Design of new extension to Terminal to provide new passanger search facility.



GLASGOW AIRPORT Extension to International Pier to provide new CIP lounge for Emirates.



GLASGOW AIRPORT Upgrade of International Arrivals Desk – In hall and public toilets.



HELICOPTER HANGAR A base for both police and air ambulance services including hangar and maintenance for aircraft and in addition RAF Search and Rescue aircraft.



LYNX WILDCAT TRAINING FACILITY New 3 storey MoD training facility for the Lynx Wildcat helicopters.



GLASGOW AIRPORT Main Terminal Lounge redevelopment of retail units and domestic gates access.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT Reconfiguration and refurbishment of existing landside domestic arrivals area.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT Option study for extension to SE Pier.



SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT Terminal Lounge upgrade



CAE FLIGHT SIMULATOR FACILITY - PHASES 2 - 4 The new building accommodates 12 new flight simulators, ancillary facilities and a cafe link to the existing CAE building.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT Terminal lounge redevelopment project – redevelopment and expansion of main terminal lounge to create combined lounge/retail hub.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT MASTERPLAN Airport Development Strategy for overall long-term development.



STRATFORD DLR STATION Liight Rail Station forming part of the preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.


Aberdeen Marine Operations Centre Marine Operations Centre controling all vessel movements in Aberdeen Harbour


DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT Independent Verifier Dublin Airport Terminal 2.





GLASGOW AIRPORT International Arrivals Infill project, including an extension to the Arrivals Hall, the baggage system and the International Departures Lounge, including further retail facilities and new CIP Lounges.

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BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Terminal/Baggage Handling and Service Yard Expansion.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT New South East Pier project which is the first stage of a development strategy to substantially expand and enhance the domestic facilities at Edinburgh Airport.



GLASGOW AIRPORT East End Connector project linking the main terminal building and T2 involving a dynamic lightweight tensile structure.



GLASGOW PRESTWICK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Masterplan study for the future development of the Airport that involved landuse options for passenger and cargo operational requirements as well as considering the impact on the local and regional infrastructure.



HERON QUAYS DLR STATION Rebuild of existing Light Rail Station.






AIRCREW TRAINING CENTRES Construction of four training centres that to train the British Army’s Apache helicopter air and ground crews.



BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Masterplan study for development of Eurohub Terminal.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT STAGE 3 Reconfiguration of former domestic area to form new customs, immigration and international baggage reclaim facilities.



New Build London Underground Station as part of the £3.5b jubilee line extension.



GLASGOW AIRPORT Scheme design proposal for B767 hangar with integral office/support facilities.



ABERDEEN AIRPORT Feasibility Study for extension to International Departures and provision of new custom facilities.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT STAGE 2 Major expansion of terminal to provide new check-in hall, baggage sort, domestic baggage reclaim and combined international/domestic lounge.



EDINBURGH AIRPORT STAGE 1 Various extensions and refurbishment works.



GLASGOW AIRPORT EAST END DEVELOPMENT Scheme design to provide check-in, associated baggage handling, passenger lounge and retail outlets. Only the passenger lounge and retail outlets were constructed at a cost of £1m.



GLASGOW AIRPORT STAGE 2 New International Facility comprising two-storey terminal extension providing international departures search and lounge, international baggage reclaim, connector block with customs and immigration facilities and two level pier with 10 aircraft stands.


Quality + Sustainability In each project, regardless of scale, we are driven by the pursuit of excellence. We are a creatively focused organisation believing that our ethos of ‘Intelligent Architecture’ makes life better. At the same time we are aware of our social, economic, and environmental responsibilities: we seek to implement appropriate design solutions, use resources wisely, and advise our clients accordingly.

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We Care About  uality of Service Q Use of Energy Materials and Water Use Staff and Community Engagement Suppliers and Purchasing Transport Waste & Recycling

Our Commitment As leading members of the World’s design and construction professions, we commit ourselves to: – Place social, economic, and environmental sustainability at the core of our practices and professional responsibilities – Develop and continually improve practices, to enable the implementation of sustainable design – Educate our fellow professionals, the building industry, clients, students and the general public about the critical importance and substantial opportunities of sustainable design

A Decade of Green Buildings Working with UK government BRE/University research work Projects achieving BREEAM Excellent rating Buildings Design Advice (LCBDAA) Carbon emission / energy figures, EPC rating Carbon Management Energy Efficiency advice (CMEE) for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

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