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Watkins Gray International LLP

“to design to build� Watkins Gray International LLP (WGI) is an award-winning architectural practice whose mission is to design and deliver buildings and places that make a positive difference to society. Buildings must look good, function well and be technologically sound, and to accomplish this, we must understand how to build in order to design.

A Culture of Success Watkins Gray International LLP (WGI) is an award-winning architectural practice whose mission is to design and deliver buildings and places that make a positive difference to society. Our practice ethos is ‘to design to build’. Buildings must look good, function well and be technologically sound, and to accomplish this, we must understand how to build in order to design. It is important to generate innovative and exciting ideas at the early design stages of a project, but ultimately it will not change lives if it is not built. Our vision is to be renowned for our mastery of both the art and science of building. WGI enhances lives by designing projects and places that both delight users and perform well. Our team employs the latest thinking and best practice in designing and delivering the built environment, an approach which evolves with social, economic and cultural needs while avoiding fast-disappearing trends.

Gainsborough Studios, London, UK

A Brief History Watkins Gray International’s origins lie in a small Bristol architectural practice opened in 1900 by William H. Watkins. When the company started we focused on domestic, commercial and healthcare projects. An office in London was later opened as our portfolio grew, and in 1939 Alexander S. Gray won a competition to design the new St Georges Teaching Hospital in London, so cementing our award-winning capabilities. Over the next several decades, in addition to our expanding work throughout the UK, the practice opened offices across the West Indies, Africa and the Middle East, mainly building commercial and industrial premises, as well as hospitals, schools, universities and sports stadia.

WGI Today The focus of the practice today is in seven key market sectors internationally: Defence, Education, Healthcare, Housing, Lifestyle, Technology and Workplace. We serve clients from our offices in London, Leeds, and Manchester, as well as associated offices in Belfast, Dublin, and several other international locations. A passion for designing to build through a mastery of both the art and science of building will ensure continued growth and success for the practice, and has enabled us to receive over 25 awards in the past ten years alone, as well as a very high rate of client satisfaction and repeat work.

Warsaw Washington DC

HQO Printing Facility, Didcot, UK

Core Values Seven core values are at the heart of our approach in pursuit of our vision: 1. Respect for the individual and the community: To value each and everyone’s contributions, whilst acknowledging our responsibility to the wider society

2. Client focus: To recognise clients as individuals by listening to their needs, striving to exceed their expectations and sharing in their success

3. Professionalism and integrity: To engender confidence in and respect for our people and our skills by acting honestly, fairly and truthfully

4. Teamwork: To believe that no one is as good as all of us

5. High quality design: To employ a robust and manageable “best practices� approach to ensure that great ideas are nurtured and delivered

6. A sustainable future: To plan for our own sustainable future, whilst also raising awareness that sustainability encompasses the social, economic and environmental aspects of our life, and it is therefore central to our work and our conduct

7. Enjoyment through hard work: To approach our business with energy and enthusiasm and the desire to enjoy the working relationships with those around us

Centrica Exodus, Leicester, UK

International Reach WGI is one of the top architectural practices based in the UK, currently about 100 people strong. As an organisation of this size, we have considerable flexibility in meeting the demands of large projects by managing our resource capacity across the whole practice. We have further flexibility and capacity through our network of associated offices as well as collaborative relationships with several other architectural practices internationally where our work together has been based on the demands of specific projects. Our approach is to be ‘one practice with many front doors’, thus ensuring our clients receive consistently high quality design, delivery and service from all our locations. We believe this strategy of in-house staff, associate offices and collaborative arrangements is key to our future influence and reach in an industry of limited resources and often unpredictable programmes, while enabling us to maintain the quality in design, delivery and service expected by our clients worldwide.

WGI Offices: London Leeds Manchester

Affiliated offices: Belfast Dublin Mumbai Warsaw Washington, DC

Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Northern Ireland

Technology WGI has investigated Building Information Modelling (BIM) and realised the benefits that can be achieved through its use. To complement our investment in other Autodesk products, WGI has standardised on AutoCAD Revit software to design the single model environment for collaborative production information. In addition to BIM, WGI utilises a variety of software tools for design, visualisation, specification, documentation and collaboration, as well as automation within our internal operations, in order to ensure high efficiency and productivity. We aim to maintain a leading edge use of technology within WGI in order to continue delivering uncompromising client service, high-quality design, efficient internal operations and effective project delivery.

South Crescent, London, UK

Quality WGI has won over 25 awards in the last ten years alone. While our track record is impressive, we recognise the need for continuous quality improvement, and therefore we have an established set of procedures in our offices to assist in the recognition of performance and how we can set benchmarks to improve on the quality of our design process, project management and delivery. WGI operates an integrated business management system (IBMS) with third party accreditation through BSI to ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System. Our IBMS is constantly assessed to ensure continual improvement in both the quality of our design solutions and processes to achieve our client’s expectations. Projects are regularly controlled, monitored, reviewed and audited through Design Reviews and Technical Reviews, and the knowledge gained is uploaded to our intranet for reference. The knowledge is disseminated to the staff for learning and development, as well as action by the partners, associates and business function leaders. WGI’s enduring commitment to client satisfaction has led to an above-average rate of repeat business - around 75% - which we maintain through a dedication to continually improving the quality and value of our services and design solutions.

Gainsborough Studios, London, UK

Innovation As architects, our curiosity and problem-solving nature drives us to think outside the box to generate unique and creative ideas. At WGI, we see true innovations as those visions that can be realistically implemented. As a practice devoted to designing and delivering buildings and places that make a positive difference to society, our fundamental approach to innovation is to consider the following: • • • • •

It must excite and inspire people It must exceed our client’s objectives It must be fundable and affordable It must represent value for money It must be buildable

In considering areas for introducing innovation, we have set out a number of aspirational requirements which could be considered for any project: •

To promote ‘smart’ buildings and infrastructure by the introduction of new technologies, ‘intelligent’ products, standardised, pre-assembled components and advanced materials into every level of the built environment. To improve health and safety of people working on sites by enhancing safety awareness and thinking throughout the construction process. To enable supply chain integration by advancing technologydriven thinking and practice across design, production, building operations and maintenance such as web-enabled supply chain processes and communications technology. To improve existing buildings by improved renovation and repair methods, which will not only enhance conditions in use, but will also add value. To exploit global competitiveness by recognising the benefits of globalisation and exploiting flexible, collaborative business frameworks and information sharing. To embrace sustainability at every level, so that energy can be saved, and waste, pollution and lifetime costs can be reduced. To promote off-site prefabrication wherever possible to improve the quality of the finished product and reduce costs and time within the construction process.

St Botolphs C of E School, Lincolnshire, UK

Sustainability Sustainable design and construction requires the application of a wide range of disciplines, which impact on the entire process from concept to completion through to the end of the operational lifecycle. We require all our projects to be reviewed under two particular headings: 1) a design checklist for “Adapting to Climate Change”, where we consider what impact our changing environment will have on a project; and 2) a “Sustainability” checklist, which is used through all the project stages to guide and inform the process of design, taking account of environmental, social and economic considerations. The review of each project using such evaluation tools is carried out under our Design Best Practice, Project Delivery and Sustainability business functions. Sustainable construction is a major component of sustainable development, and we recognise that our approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings can and will influence other factors that contribute to their collective impact. These factors include transport, food miles, healthy lifestyles, and the upward trend in electricity use as a function of the growing use of information and communication technology. Our approach to sustainability is first to use passive measures to reduce the energy requirements of a project before looking to artificial measures, thereby reducing the overall impact of a development. Our internal Sustainability Group, with representatives from each sector team, meets regularly to discuss developing ideas across the range of sustainability-related issues. By maintaining awareness and understanding of evolving sustainability assessment methods and standards, such as BREEAM and LEED, as well as keeping abreast of emerging science, technologies and products, we can deliver projects that employ the latest thinking in sustainability, regeneration and green design.

GQ2, Gateshead, UK

Corporate Responsibility WGI is committed to being a good corporate citizen in several ways, the first of which is managing our environmental impact and minimising the creation of wastes and pollution by: • • • •

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Complying with all relevant environmental regulations at all WGI premises Minimising the use of natural resources and lessening the impact on the environment Purchasing non-polluting and energy efficient technologies wherever possible Setting our own standards and targets and measuring progress against these targets for resource efficiency and pollution reduction Reporting WGI’s environmental performance to our customers and stakeholders Maintaining our third party accreditation of our Environmental Management System to ISO 14001:2004

In addition, we have a history of involvement with many charitable organisations through both our design activities and corporate giving, particularly those focused on children. Some of the organisations with which we are involved include: • • • • • •

Architects Benevolent Society Barnardo’s Demelza Hospice Care for Children Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Princess Royal Trust for Carers Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

Barnardo’s, London, UK

Expertise WGI provides clients with leading edge skills in addressing the complex design, detail and technical realities of delivering new build and refurbishment projects in seven sectors: Defence:

Living accommodation, support & welfare facilities, technical facilities

Education: Primary and secondary schools, independent schools, further education, universities Healthcare: Acute care hospitals, tertiary care and speciality hospitals, clinics, mental health Housing:

Private residential, high-rise apartments, mixed tenure, affordable housing


Sports & leisure centres, retail, hotels, entertainment venues

Technology: Research laboratories, data centres, printing facilities, process facilities Workplace: Speculative offices, corporate headquarters, administrative offices, interior fit-out

Project teams are led by experts in each sector, working closely with a team of design, technical and delivery specialists with significant experience across a variety of project types. This model offers our clients a balanced team that brings an understanding of their business environment and critical operational issues, along with the talent and expertise required to address complex design and delivery issues.

Leeds City Office Park, Leeds, UK


Defence Academy, Shrivenham , UK

Defence Academy, Shrivenham , UK

Defence Academy, Shrivenham , UK

Defence Academy, Shrivenham , UK

HMS Nelson, Portsmouth , UK

HMS Nelson, Portsmouth , UK McMullen Barracks at Marchwood, Southampton, UK

Watkins Gray International Baker Barracks at Thorney Island, Southampton, UK

Civic Trust Award: Lincolnshire Schools PFI St Botolph’s C of E Primary School, Lincolnshire, UK


Heaton Manor School, Newcastle PFI, UK

Allerton High School, Leeds BSF, UK

Oaks Park High School, Redbridge PFI, London, UK

Allerton High School, Leeds BSF, UK Allens Croft Children’s Centre, Birmingham PFI, UK

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Royal Belfast Children’s Hospital, Northern Ireland


Pendered Centre, Northampton, UK

Enniskillen Hospital, Northern Ireland

Cork University Hospital, Ireland

Swiss Med Hospital, Gdansk, Poland

South Holland Hospital, Lincolnshire, UK

Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland Design Competition Winner

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Hurrans Nursery, London, UK


Hammond House, London, UK

Gainsborough Studios, London, UK

Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate, London, UK

Lymington Fields, London, UK

Lewis Gardens, London, UK

Gainsborough Studios, London, UK

London Wide Initiative, UK

Watkins Gray International


Mannai Tower, Doha

East Sussex Golf Village, Horsted, UK

Cannons Health Clubs, UK

The London Club, Mumbai, India The Triangle Sports Centre, London, UK

Vanik Bank HQ, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Design competition winner: GQ2, Gateshead, UK

The Triangle Sports Centre, London, UK

Cannons Health Clubs, UK

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Foxhills Golf & Country Club, Surrey, UK

Tower Hamlets BSF, London, UK

Market Estate Regeneration, London, UK

Quadratic Estate, London, UK

Market Estate Masterplan


Market Estate Regeneration, London, UK

Leeds City Office Park, Leeds, UK

Hurlingham & Whiffen Wharf, London

Wellesley Gateway, Croydon, UK

Design competition winner: GQ2, Gateshead, UK

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Wolfson Wing, Kings College London London, UK


HQO Printing Facility, Didcot, UK

HQO Printing Facility, Didcot, UK

KPN-QWest Data Centres, UK & Europe

University College London, Centre for Auditory Research, London, UK

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University College London, Centre for Auditory Research London, UK


Centrica Exodus, Leicester, UK Centrica Exodus, Leicester, UK

AIG/Lincoln, Warsaw, Poland

Tottenham Court Road, London, UK Centrica Exodus, Leicester, UK

Centrica Exodus, Leicester, UK

Leeds City Office Park,Leeds, UK

Centrica Exodus, Leicester, UK

Watkins Gray International AA Headquarters, Basingstoke, UK

Addleshaw Goddard, London, UK


Award-Winning Work Awards and accolades are important to us, as they provide validation of the quality of our ideas and projects. However, it is not just about being judged by our peers, but, perhaps more importantly, society as a whole. We aim to be recognised by a range of awards that look beyond the purely fashionable and trendy, and which reinforce the importance of meeting the needs of our clients while making valuable contributions to society, the economy and the environment. WGI has had the good fortune of winning over 25 awards in the last decade, providing further evidence of our quality in design and delivery. Selected Awards: 2009 Leeds City Office Park, Shortlisted for BCO Award 2008 Leeds BSF, Best Operational LEP & Innovation in ICT, Partnership for Schools Awards 2007 Hobmoor School, Birmingham Winner of the Built in Quality Awards 2007, 2006, 2005 Centrica Leicester FT Best UK Workplace - Top 50 2007 Market Estate, Best Community Regeneration Project, Regenerate Awards

2003 Construction of the Year Swiss Med Hospital, Gdansk, Poland 2003 What Housing Gold Medal Award for Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate, Building Homes Award for Partnership Housing 2003 Civic Trust Award Lincolnshire Schools PFI St Botolph’s C of E Primary School, Sleaford 2003 Gold Award in 2003 Royal Mail First Class Supplier Programme

2006 Competition winner: GQ2, Gateshead £100m residential and mixed-use scheme

2002 DTR Housing Forum Demonstration Project for Innovation, Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate

2006 Best Community/User Involvement in a Project Award 2006: Shropshire Care homes

2002 The Building Homes Quality Awards, Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate

2006 Short-listed for the Brick Awards, Best Public Housing Development, Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate 2005 Winner 3 Awards, Building Sustainability Awards, Job Centre Plus 2005 Winner 3 Awards, Green Apple Awards, Job Centre Plus 2005 Disability Excellence Awards, Centrica Leicester 2004 Best Scheme for Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate, Southern Housing Group Awards

2001 Building Homes Award for Tenant Choice, Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate 2001 Built in Quality Award in category of Commercial, ‘Cyber Centre’, Thurrock Council 2000 Best Hospital Building in Northern Ireland, Royal Belfast Children’s Hospital 1999 The Liam McCormick Prize for Architecture: Award for Best Building in Ireland, Children’s Hospital , Belfast 1999 Competition Design Winner, British Airways Office Building, London Heathrow Airport

Clients Addleshaw Goddard AIG/Lincoln Poland Allen & Overy Allied London Altnagelvin Hospitals HSS Trust Amerada Hess Antrim Hospitals HSS Trust AA Balfour Beatty Banco di Napoli Banco di Sicilia Barnardo’s Barratt Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust Beatrice Tate School Bellway Homes Berwin Leighton Paisner Birmingham City Council BOC BOC Cryoplants Bouygues Bovis Lend Lease British Airways British Gas Canada Life Cannons Health and Fitness Cardiff University Centrica Centurion Properties Cin La Salle Clifford Chance Compaq Computer Corporation Cork University Hospital Costain Countryside Properties Craigavon Hospitals HSS Trust Crest Nicholson Daily Mail Defence Estates Department of Work & Pensions Draycott Nursing East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust East Thames Group Energis

Ernst & Young Express Newspapers Family Mosaic Foxhills Golf & Country Club Genesis Housing Group Great Ormond Street Hospital Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital H.M. Customs & Excise Harmsworth Quays Printing Ltd HBG Higgins Construction Industrial Bank of Japan Interserve John Lewis Partnership Kajima Construction Kent & Canterbury Hospitals Kent County Council Kier Property Kier Partnership Homes King Faisal Hospital Kings College London Kingston Hospital NHS Trust Kirklees Metropolitan Council KPNQwest Leeds City Council Lewisham Council Lewisham Hospitals NHS Trust Lincoln Holdings Lincolnshire County Council London Borough of Barking & Dagenham London Borough of Hackney London Borough of Haringey London Borough of Lewisham London Borough of Redbridge London Borough of Tower Hamlets London Club of Mumbai Mater Infirmorum HSS Trust Metropolitan Housing Mid Sussex District Council Ministry of Defence Mizuho International Mowlem Multiplex

National Grid Newcastle City Council Newlon Housing Trust Nightingale Institute of Nursing Northamptonshire County Council Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust Norwest Holst Ltd. Olswang Opal Property Group Oracle Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust Pinsent Curtis Biddle Post Office Property Holdings Railtrack/ Network Rail Redrow Homes Royal Brompton Hospital Royal Hospitals HSS Trust Royal Mail Royal National Institute of Blind People Rydon Construction Serco Shropshire County Council Skanska Societe General South East England Development Agency Southern Health Board Southern Housing Group Southern Newspapers Sperrin & Lakelands HSS Trust St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Stoke Mandeville NHS Trust Study Group College Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Swissmed The Copenhagen Group Ulster Hospitals HSS Trust United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust University College London University of Wales College of Medicine University Partnerships Programme West Ferry Printers West Sussex County Council Withey Contracts Ltd.

WGI Team Senior Staff: Roy Caddick Wendy Charlton Ken Dytor Martin Evans Simon Evans Chris Grayson Kevin Harwood Phil Hewer Paul Howitt Steve Kahlow Richard Nelson Dan O’Neill Alan Parry-Davies Chris Pye Haydn Robinson Samantha Rowe Peter Rowell Richard Storey Alistair Walker Bryan Walker Alexander White Richard Wilson

Studio Staff: Don Allwright Steve Baker Adam Bochenski Martyn Booker Adrian Boorman Dean Bradburn Jacqui Buchan Maria Buenaventura Charles Burdaky Paul Caddy Sean Cahill Adam Carroll Rachael Carter Alicia Castano Ramos Gaby Edwards Tom Eibich Tim Farnworth Stephen Finch Peter Forde Matt Fuller Oana Gavriliu

Stephen Glancy John Greenwood Tom Grundy Alice Hales Ross Hanley Laura Keenan Phil Kelsall James Kerr Charles Kijjambu Suzie Lees Kira Liddiard Jonathan Lisseter Ann Lowman Miles Lynch Tim Matthew Fiona McAndrew Siobhan McCarthy Paul McIntyre Patrick McMahon Adam Mirza Mitesh Naranbhai

Simona Nica Angela Oliphant Svetlana Paskova Ivana Pisova Lisa Raynes Henry Sathiya Tony Sellek Michael Shiel Stella Somerville Sarah Standing Bill Tapp Stuart Tinson Denis Trafford Mike Wakeman Tony Waterhouse James Wilford Christine Williams Brian Wingfield Emiliano Zalamea

Credits Photography:

Illustrations and Sketches:


Tim James: Cannons Health Clubs, UK wide

Adam Carroll Alicia Castano Ramos Thomas Eibich Simon Evans Oana Gavriliu Kevin Harwood Kira Liddiard Dan O’Neill Stefan Pop Martin Rodriguez Andrew Stys Luciano Vitiello Emiliano Zalamea AIG/Lincoln, Warsaw, Poland

Jim Lowe: AA Basingstoke, UK Leeds City Office Park, Leeds, UK Sally Ann Norman: Heaton Manor High School, Newcastle, UK Adam Parker: Allerton High School, Leeds, UK Allens Croft Children’s Centre, Birmingham, UK Barnardo’s, London, UK HQO Printing Facility, Didcot, UK Millennium Plus at the Nightingale Estate, London, UK St. Botolphs C of E School, Lincolnshire, UK Wolfson Wing, London, UK

Capita Percy Thomas: Defence Academy, Shrivenham, UK Collado Collins Architects: South Crescent, London, UK Kamal Malik Architects: The London Club, Mumbai, India

Production: Printed by Abacus on 9 Lives (FSC certified)

Munkenbeck and Marshall Architects: Gainsborough Studios, London, UK Todd Architects: Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast Royal Belfast Children’s Hospital Enniskillen Hospital, Northern Ireland

Morley Von Sternberg: Centrica Exodus, Leicester, UK Gainsborough Studios, London, UK HMS Nelson, Portsmouth, UK


All other images by: Watkins Gray Architects LLP


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“the art and science of building� Renowned for our mastery of both the art and science of building, WGI enhances lives by designing projects and places that both delight users and perform well. Our team employs the latest thinking and best practice in designing and delivering the built environment, an approach which evolves with social, economic and cultural needs while avoiding fast-disappearing trends.

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