Cameron Laird Architects - Introduction

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“we strive to unlock potential through adding and creating value from the outset .”

The Equinox, Cadogan Street, Glasgow For Taylor Clark Properties / Wilson Bowden

Practice CLA are a Scottish based architectural practice operating throughout the country from their offices in Edinburgh City Centre Through our creative thinking and commercial experience we are committed to delivering the highest quality, commercially successful architecture through innovative, informed, sustainable and responsible practice. Assisting our clients in the achievement of their objectives and aspirations is at the forefront of what we do. We strive to exceed our clients expectations from the outset of a project, delivering the highest quality architecture, through considered knowledge led design alongside rigorous project management service and delivery. Through our inclusive approach to design in conjunction with our commercial awareness and understanding, we strive to unlock potential through adding and creating value from the outset. This enables us to play a key role at the very earliest stages of a project in assisting and advising our clients towards fulfilling their project aspirations. We are founded on our 3 core beliefs and values of:

Excellence‌ In design and knowledge; expertise and commercial understanding; in adding and creating value; in rigorous management, service and delivery.

Integrity‌ Through honest, respectful, sustainable and ethical practice.

Collaboration‌ Through teamwork and partnering, listening & understanding.

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“commercial awareness and understanding.�

Gordon Lamb House, Holyrood, Edinburgh for Keiller Estates Ltd

Our Experience CLA have an extensive knowledge and proven track record in the design and successful delivery of projects across a wide variety of sectors including:



Industrial & Process

Hotels & Hospitality


Heritage & Culture


Interior & Workplace

We have extensive knowledge of the UK property and construction market and an in depth understanding of the development process and key commercial drivers involved throughout.

Our broad client base includes local and national property companies, landowners and investors, corporate end users, “blue chip” nationals, main contractors and private equity firms to name a few. The following pages illustrate a selection of CLA’s current work alongside a selection of projects that Cameron was directly responsible for or involved with prior to the formation of CLA. Further information can be reviewed on our website at:

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John Smith Business Park, Kirkcaldy for Fife Council / MGT

Gordon Lamb House, Edinburgh for Keiller Estates Ltd

39 St Vincent Place, Glasgow for Bellair (Scotland) Ltd

5 | Our Experience Office

The Equinox, Cadogan Street, Glasgow for Taylor Clark Properties / Wilson Bowden

Ratho Park, Edinburgh for EDI Group

Office We have a strong and proven track record in the design and delivery of successful office developments across the country. Our expertise extends through bespoke office headquarters, business parks and refurbishments, to smaller incubator units and fit outs. We have successfully delivered both speculative developments and those specifically tailored to suit an end user. We aim to provide creative, sustainable, efficient and cost effective building solutions through our considered knowledge led approach to design. Projects of note have been awarded such accolades as runner up in the BCO Office Development of the Year and shortlisted for the BCO Sustainability Award and Scottish Design Awards

Watermark Business Park, Glasgow for Keiller Estates Ltd

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Retail Development, Annan Road, Gretna for Crucible Alba Group. Completed 2017

Retail Development, Dargavel Village, Bishopton for Cumbrae Property Ltd. Completed 2019

7 | Our Experience Retail

Mercedes Benz, Whittlets, Ayr for Reg Vardy

Retail Aldi Scottish National Roll Out –Various Locations for Aldi Gmbh

Cycling Retail Hub, Glasgow for Dales Cycles.

Retail Development, City Quay, Dundee for Forth Properties

Our experience in the design and delivery of projects in the retail sector extends from out of town retail parks, bespoke flagship stores, national roll outs and fit outs for some of the country's leading brands and operators. We regularly work with our Clients in developing bespoke “turnkey” solutions for specific end users, as well as developing speculative development opportunities. Our commercial awareness, experience and market knowledge enable us to assist our clients in developing financially viable design proposals that will attract potential tenants and retailers. Our understanding of the key retail development drivers enable us to add significant value at the outset of a project to assist our Clients in the realisation of their goals and aspirations.

B&Q, Dedridge, Livingston for Deanway Development

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New Dairy & Food Processing Facility, Stirling for Graham’s The Family Dairy

Kilgarth Distribution and Logistics Hub, Coatbridge for Kilgarth development Co

Kilgarth Distribution and Logistics Hub, Coatbridge for Kilgarth development Co

Food Production Facility, Coatbridge for Lee’s of Scotland

9 | Our Experience Industrial & Process

Thainstone Agricultural Centre, Inverurie for ANM Group

Biocampus Ph 1&2, Penicuik for Scottish Enterprise

Industrial & Process Pilkington Glass Scottish Manufacturing HQ, Cumbernauld for Keiller Estates Ltd / Pilkington Glass

We have over 20 years experience working with Clients in the industrial, manufacturing, distribution and process sector and have been responsible for the design and successful delivery of a comprehensive range of projects and masterplans for both developers and owner occupiers across the country.

We regularly work with our clients from the very earliest phases of a project in assisting to develop their initial brief to progressing through the design and delivery stages towards the realisation of their vision and business ambition. Through this close understanding of our clients business and needs, alongside our broad sector specific expertise, we develop considered and sustainable design solutions maximising efficiency and flexibility to create a functional and process led aesthetic where form truly follows function.

Distribution Masterplan, Central Scotland for Ryden

We believe a collaborative approach is fundamental to a projects success and from the outset through engaging with all key stakeholders we develop a deep understanding of the key requirements of the brief and the important interrelationships of the business and operation. Advanced Production Unit, Bankhead Park, Glenrothes for Scot Sheridan

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Travelodge, Ratho Park, Edinburgh For EDI Group

Boutique Hotel, Baxter’s Place Edinburgh for Fitzpatrick Design Collective

Fine Dining Restaurant, Stockbridge, Edinburgh for Shaw’s Fine Meats

Boutique Hotel, Saulmore Bay Marina, Oban for Guardian House

11 | Our Experience Hotels & Hospitality

The Albert Hotel, North Queensferry

Travelodge, Princes Street, Edinburgh for Arcadia Group

Hotels Boutique Hotel, Picardy Place, Edinburgh for PPSR Ltd

& Hospitality Through our work and experience in the hotel and hospitality sector we have gained valuable awareness and understanding of the key requirements and drivers essential towards the successful design and delivery of commercially viable project solutions across a variety of grades from the budget, mid and luxury ranges. We have worked with some of the industries leading operators, brands and service providers as well as private hotel, bar and restaurant owners in the successful implementation, design and delivery of both new build and refurbishment projects throughout the country Our expertise extends through feasibility studies, concept and detailed design, planning and regulatory approvals and delivery of the complete project.

5 star hotel, City Quay, Glasgow for Trust Real Estate

12 Picardy Place Hotel, Edinburgh

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Royal Scottish National Orchestra HQ, Glasgow For RSNO

39 St Vincent Place, Glasgow for Bellair (Scotland) Ltd

13 | Our Experience Heritage & Culture

The Liberton Inn, Edinburgh for The Liberton Inn

Boutique Hotel, 12-14 Picardy Place, Edinburgh for PPSR Ltd

Heritage & Culture Our architectural heritage is important. We approach each of our Listed Building projects in a respectful and considered manner, ensuring we fully understand a buildings background, historical significance and value from the outset in order to inform the design strategy and considerations thereafter. Our experience extends across Listings Grade A, B and C in the design, refurbishment and conversion to fulfil where relevant more commercially viable uses, such as hotel, office and residential.

Boutique hotel proposal,17-21 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh

Where required we work in collaboration with specialist conservation teams and bodies to ensure the most appropriate solutions and strategies are considered to realise the projects full potential.

The Exchange, Thainstone, Inverurie for ANM Group

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The Equinox, Cadogan Street, Glasgow for Taylor Clark Properties / Wilson Bowden / Esure

Office refurbishment, 39 St Vincent Street, Glasgow for Bellair (Scotland) Ltd

15 | Our Experience Interior & Workplace

Royal Scottish National Orchestra HQ, Glasgow for RSNO

Office fit Out, Grey Street, Newcastle for Gardiner & Theobald

Interior & Workplace Successful architecture comes through the intrinsic relationship between the interior and exterior design. We approach the design of all our projects in a holistic manner however occasionally we are asked to look at a projects interior in isolation. We have broad experience in the design and delivery of interior projects from corporately branded fit outs to more general speculative developments that cater for a wider potential variety of end users. From refurbishments to bespoke fit outs, workplace and office space planning we have extensive experience in the implementation and delivery of a number of successful projects across our core sector areas of expertise.

Phase 1,John Smith Business Park, Kirkcaldy for Fife Council / MGT

The Equinox, Cadogan Street, Glasgow for Taylor Clark Properties / Wilson Bowden / Esure

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John Smith Business Park Masterplan, Kirkcaldy for Fife Council / MGT

Broomielaw Regeneration Strategy, Glasgow for Blythswood / Hines

17 | Our Experience Masterplanning

Grangemouth Docks Intermodal for Forth Ports Plc

City Quay Dundee Masterplan for Forth Properties

International Paper, Inverurie for Kilbride

Masterplanning Our broad and extensive experience of working with Clients on the masterplanning of mixed use, commercial and industrial developments spans across the country. With our strong cross sectoral experience we bring industry best practice knowledge to the masterplan and design from the outset and coupled with our commercial awareness and understanding we strive to produce viable and successful strategies that both respond to context and key stakeholder requirements. We regularly provide our clients with feasibility options appraisals in their simplest form to evaluate the potential for development, through to detailed strategic framework analysis for larger schemes as part of a wider team.

Watermark Business Park, Glasgow for Keiller Estates Ltd

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Cameron Laird Bsc (Arch), BArch (Hons) RIBA, ARIAS Director CLA was formed in March 2013. Our team is headed by Director Cameron Laird who with over 20 years’ experience within UK based Architectural practice has been responsible for a comprehensive range of buildings and projects throughout the country. Graduating from The Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and the University of Dundee, Cameron spent the first few years of his career in Glasgow with 3D Architects and GD Lodge and Partners working on a number of high profile commercial developments. He rejoined 3D’s Edinburgh office in 2003 taking responsibility for the development and management of key private sector clients and a portfolio of projects across a number of commercial sectors. Promoted to Divisional Director in 2005 as a senior member of 3D’s UK national management team, Cameron had specific responsibility for business, resource and financial management within their Edinburgh office. He was also involved at a senior management level in the merger and integration between 3D Architects and Reid Architecture to form 3DReid in 2007.

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Cameron Laird Architects 8 Rutland Square Edinburgh EH1 2AS T: 0131 370 6698 E: