Anniversary celebration for architectural practice.
ONE of the UK's largest architectural practices Stride Treglown is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Cardiff office.
The firm, which has its headquarters in Bristol and a network of 10 offices throughout the UK, was ranked ninth in last year's Building Journal list of the UK's top 50 architectural practices.
Established in 1996 through the acquisition of Gareth Davies Associates, Stride Treglown's Cardiff office boasts a staff of 40 architects, town planners, landscape architects and building surveyors with a turnover of some PS3.5m.
Now one of Wales' largest practices, the team has been responsible for a series of notable projects in the country with particular strengths in schools, higher education, housing and health.
Recently completed schemes include three schools in Swansea and four science buildings on the new Swansea University Science and Innovation Campus.
Projects under construction include Ysgol Bae Baglan, the flagship new secondary school in Port Talbot, Cardiff's new STAR Leisure Centre and three student accommodation schemes in Cardiff at Dumfries Place, Howard Gardens and Capital Quarter.
Current designs include the new University of Wales Trinity St David's campus in Swansea and the roll out of new cancer diagnostic treatment centres throughout England.
Stride Treglown has developed a reputation as a leader in sustainable design, building its own carbon neutral offices in Dowlais Road, Cardiff. Treglown Court was the first office building in the UK to achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating and the carbon saving measures incorporated have enabled the local office to save 37 tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to 133,000 car miles. This will be augmented by the recent introduction of a new electric pool car.
To celebrate the anniversary a party was held at the Welsh College of Music & Drama, attracting almost 150 people from across Wales' construction and property sectors. The event also marks the retirement of founding director Gareth Davies who will leave at the end of the year.
Speaking at the event, Stride Treglown chairman David Hunter said: "Everyone at Stride Treglown would like to congratulate our Cardiff office on reaching this significant milestone. The office has been extremely successful in the 20 years since its formation and we look forward to this continuing for many years to come.
"I would also like to thank Gareth for his skills and commitment in helping forge this success. He will be much missed and we all wish him well for his much-deserved retirement."
Mr Davies added: "Since becoming part of Stride Treglown in 1996, the office has gone from strength to strength. This is down to the high quality of staff that I've had the privilege of working with and I'd like to thank them for their significant contribution. A number of the team are also celebrating 20 years with the practice, which speaks volumes about Stride Treglown as a place to work."
Stride Treglown recently launched 431 Architecture, an alliance with Keppie Design and Todd Architects to offer clients a greater spread of expertise and geographic coverage. 431 Architecture has more than 500 staff in 18 offices throughout the UK.
<BUnder construction: An artist's impression of one of Stride Treglown's projects at Howard Gardens in Adamsdown, Cardiff