Press release, January 2015

SimpsonHaugh and Partners

SimpsonHaugh and Partners announce new LLP partners

SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Ian Simpson Architects has officially changed its name to SimpsonHaugh and Partners LLP.

The name change publically acknowledges the unique and significant contribution that co-founding Partner, Rachel Haugh, has made to the successful growth of the practice. It also reflects the new structure of the practice as an LLP, and the wider ownership of the practice by its senior leadership team, vital in strengthening the next phase of the practice's evolution.

Over the last 27 years, SimpsonHaugh and Partners has enjoyed considerable success, contributing to city-wide regeneration and developing an impressive portfolio of built projects.

Rachel Haugh said:

"We are delighted to be able to formally welcome our new Partners, each of whom has already made a valuable contribution and will continue to add depth and strength to what we can offer as a practice."

"We would also like to take this milestone opportunity in the development of the practice, to thank all our clients and consultants who have supported the practice over the years. We look forward to developing our working relationships over the coming years and what we hope will be exciting times ahead."

The practice, recently awarded BD's Office Architect of the Year, is set to consolidate its success, expanding both creatively and commercially with landmark buildings both nationally and internationally.

SimpsonHaugh and Partners is currently working on major projects including One Blackfriars in Central London, Phase One of Battersea Power Station, Dollar Bay, a new residential tower in London's Docklands, the Queen Elisabeth Concert Hall in Antwerp, St John's Masterplan, One Spinningfields and 2 St. Peter's Square in Manchester, and a range of residential, leisure and office projects across the UK.

Ian Simpson and Rachel Haugh are co-founders and Senior Partners/Board members of the practice, below is a list of the new partners of SimpsonHaugh and Partners:


Commercial Partner/Board member

Richard joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in June 2014 to strengthen the senior management of the practice and support the practice's expansion in both the domestic and international markets.

His role is supporting the Senior Partners in setting the strategic direction of the practice, business planning, organizational management and has responsibility for business functions; managing fees, appointments and project performance to enable sustainable growth and practice profitability.

Richard has over 20 years construction industry experience, previously spending 14 years with Davis Langdon as a Partner within their Consultancy division, and subsequently as a Director with AECOM working with architectural practices across Europe and the Middle East.


Practice Partner/Board member

David joined the practice in 1992 and has played a key role in the development of the Manchester studio, having been responsible for large teams delivering some of the practice's most significant projects over the last twenty years, including the 48 storey Beetham Hilton Tower, Lumiere in Leeds and Argyle Street in Glasgow.

David is currently leading the team transforming Granada TV's central Manchester studio campus to provide a new neighbourhood, and designing the new Metrolink (tram) stations which are being inserted into Manchester's streets as part of the Second City Crossing.

David has particular experience in the adaptation of existing buildings having been involved in regenerative conversion of railway arches, mills and warehouses to recording studios, theatres, bars, restaurants, offices and apartments. He recently led the transformation of the City Council's administrative offices in the Grade II* listed Manchester Town Hall Extension.

David has sat on RIBA Awards judging panels and has lectured extensively to bodies as diverse as the Literary and Philosophical Society, the BCO and the RIBA Conservation Course.


Practice Partner / Board member

Christian has played a pivotal role in the development and leadership of the London office since joining the practice in 2004.

Christian has a successful track record in securing planning permission for large complex mixed-use schemes on sensitive sites in Central London. He is currently heading the projects at One Blackfriars and Dollar Bay.

He is a member of the London Borough of Southwark Design Review Panel and has been an external examiner at the University of Nottingham


Practice Partner/Board member

Nick joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in 1999. He currently leads the architectural team delivering Battersea Power Station Phase 1, one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Central London. Nick has led large architectural teams on a range of project types including masterplanning, commercial offices, residential, transport and education.

He had a leading role on projects including No 1 Deansgate, Beetham Hilton Tower, Holloway Circus, and Manchester Transport Interchange. Nick has been a design tutor and visiting critic at the Manchester School of architecture and is committed to the development of new talent.


Finance Partner/Board member

An experienced accountant, Kelly joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in 2002 as Finance Manager. She has been responsible for strategically managing the practice's finances to improve profitability and growth, working closely with the managing partners and team leaders. As Finance Partner, Kelly heads up the finance team, overseeing all financial functions internally and externally, as well as playing an integral role in securing new business via the tender process.


Information Management Partner/Board member

Dave joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in 2010 as the practice ICT/CAD Manager and took on a wider Operational support role in 2012. Originally trained in Structural Engineering before gaining a Masters in Business Administration, Dave provides the Information Management Systems that underpin the practice's technological efficiency.

Dave has over 15 years' experience of working with a variety of ICT systems and design software and has been responsible for the practice's implementation of BIM.



Matthew joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in 2001.

His architectural experience covers a wide range of the practice's cross-sector projects including Beetham Hilton Tower, a landmark 48 storey residential and hotel scheme in Manchester, and Downing Plaza, a £100 million development in Newcastle comprising a new Business School faculty building and student residential accommodation.



David joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in 1999 and has worked on a number of projects that represent key stages of the practice's evolution and that have contributed to the regeneration of urban areas in the UK and abroad.

These include the practice's first completed high rise scheme, the award winning mixed use Holloway Circus Tower in Birmingham; the conversion of the former Hartley's Jam Factory in Southwark into a new residential community; and the new Queen Elisabeth concert hall and congress centre currently under construction in Antwerp.



Nick joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in 2001. Nick has played a leading role in the development and delivery of large and complex projects, and has experience in a range of building typologies.

Nick has led teams developing a number of key projects, including the mixed-use Origin development in Manchester, and the Glasgow Athletes' Village Masterplan bid, for which SimpsonHaugh and Partners were competition finalists. Nick was a member of the competition-winning team for Phase 1 of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.



Mark joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners in 2000 and has led design teams on many major and complex schemes, including the award-winning reconfiguration of the Alfred Waterhouse designed, Grade II and II* listed Manchester Museum and University complex.

Mark has particular skills in the restoration and adaption of existing buildings sensitive structures, and conservation.



Helen joined SimpsonHaugh and Partners over 20 years ago and has led the design and delivery on projects ranging from complex refurbishments of listed buildings to construction of large, mixed-use developments including the award winning No. 1 Deansgate, a landmark, high-rise residential project in the centre of Manchester.

Having trained with the SPAB Helen is skilled in historic building repair with a strong focus on creating innovative and contemporary designs embedded within historic settings. Her work has included the repair, conversion and extension of a number of historic buildings including the successful transformation of the city council's administrative offices in the Grade II* listed Manchester Town Hall Extension.

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Notes to editors

Ian Simpson Architects (now SimpsonHaugh and Partners)

Founded by Rachel Haugh and Ian Simpson in 1987, Ian Simpson Architects has compiled an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects. The practice originated from a shared belief in the power of high quality design to lead the regeneration of post-industrial cities and initiate new contemporary architectural identities. The underlying themes of urban renewal, sustainability and design excellence unite an otherwise diverse range of building functions and solutions. Similarly, the completed work demonstrates that the practice's regeneration objectives are equally valid whether applied to new buildings or to existing historic structures.

While the success of its completed work and a growing reputation for design integrity has allowed the practice to expand, Rachel and Ian remain personally involved in each project. Consequently, the inspiration in design and the attention to detail in construction that have stimulated the achievements of the practice so far will continue to guide the ambition and quality of its schemes in the future.

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