Media Release: Major architectural JV formed to tackle Scottish healthcare development demands

ONE of the largest Scottish architectural practices, 3DReid, has formed a joint venture partnership (JVP) with international healthcare design specialist, Devereux Architects, in order to meet the challenges and demands of healthcare development in Scotland.

The JVP between the two practices combines local knowledge and design flair with expertise in the delivery of all types of acute hospitals, community hospitals and mental health facilities.

Alex Donaldson, head of Partnerships at 3DReid – who are already on the panel of healthcare architects for Framework Scotland – said: “We strongly believe in a collaborative approach and Devereux Architects complements us in terms of their skills, knowledge, location and working methodology.

“A partnership approach naturally creates continuous improvement in final design quality, programme and cost.

“We are confident that this JVP will deliver cutting-edge healthcare buildings which meet both the business cases of the Trusts and the aspirations of the government, particularly with regards the sustainability agenda.”

Nic Allen, managing director at Devereux Architects, who has been instrumental in establishing Devereux on a number of healthcare frameworks, commented: “Our joint venture offers the Scottish healthcare sector and Framework Scotland a very strong team with extensive healthcare design knowledge, skills and experience, plus considerable local resources.”

Some of the issues that the JVP has identified as key drivers to push the Scottish healthcare market design agenda forward include:

- alleviate Trust concerns that meeting new stringent sustainable design requirements will affect their business cases and ultimately services; the JV has internal BREEAM healthcare assessors to ensure environmental objectives are achieved

- assist Trusts with future strategies and planning of their estates use to maximise the productive and efficient use of expensive health building assets

- a more collaborative, inclusive approach to design with wider consultation of clinicians and patients/service users and other stakeholders to develop design solutions focused on local need and requirements

- create facilities, which provide a better community focus and instill local pride

- a more holistic approach to designs with the aim of helping in wider public sector regeneration objectives

- improved cross-sector learning – taking relevant experiences from other building designs and applying them to the healthcare model. For example, wayfinding knowledge 3DReid has gained from its extensive airport work to help alleviate patient stress and improve their experience

- a more considered understanding and application of evidence based design principles

Notes to Editors:

3DReid summary

3DReid is considered the second-largest practice in Scotland with offices in Edinburgh, Falkirk and Glasgow, the tenth largest in the UK (Architects’ Journal 100) and 61st in the world (BD World Architecture 100).

They are architects for the iconic air traffic control tower at Edinburgh Airports and are currently working on the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The practice has won Architectural Practice of the Year three times at the Builder & Engineer Awards, most recently in 2009.

For further information please contact Justin Farmer, 3DReid Communications Manager on tel: 020 7297 5796, email:

Devereux Architects is an award-winning international architectural practice providing a wide range of architectural and urban design services across a diversity of sectors, notably healthcare and education.

The 250-strong practice has offices in London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Rugby, Teesside, Manchester, as well as Ireland and Poland, with associated offices in Moscow, Singapore and the USA.

Devereux Architects is a member of international engineering, architecture and project management company, PM Group.

For further information please contact Lucy Whitehead on tel. 0207 287 8456, email:

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