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Background

Andrew and Jane Burridge's careers began in respected London practices before relocating to Edinburgh in the mid 90s. Andrew then established his own studio and in the early days designed a series of exquisitely detailed small projects. He has a natural affinity with materials and this interest in detail is brought to all projects regardless of scale. Jane set up Bennetts Associates Edinburgh office and for 11 years worked on large scale commercial, education and hotel projects before joining Andrew in 2006 to form a+j burridge. Their belief in the value of good design is the reason they are architects. Whilst intelligent design can optimise the operation of an organisation, beautiful design can uplift and give pleasure to all the building users.

In April 2012 a+j burridge merged with Sinclair Hay Sutherland to form SHS BURRIDGE Architects. The range of projects SHS BURRIDGE Architects are involved in is very diverse including education, healthcare, office and restaurant interiors, residential, special needs and agriculture projects. We enjoy working with clients long term so we make sure we understand their objectives and help them to fulfil these as smoothly as possible. As a small practice, the partners are directly involved in the running of projects.

Expertise

Whilst our skills are applicable to all building types, the sectors we have had most involvement in and therefore have good experience of, include the following:

Interiors • We enjoy interior work and have a sound background in commercial fit out, reception, cafe and restaurant spaces. We have recently completed a feasibility for the University of the West of Scotland on the internal refurbishment of the student library at their Paisley campus.

Commercial • Jane Burridge’s career began working on pioneering headquarter buildings for IBM, BT and John Menzies and she has since developed a particular understanding of the complexities of the modern workplace. She recently carried out a Space Audit for Heriot Watt University investigating the efficiency of a tenant's operation on the Research Park to determine if they should refurbish their premises or relocate.

Repairs and Maintenance • Many of our Clients have several buildings within their estate which we have upgraded over the years. At Edinburgh University this has included new teaching spaces, reroofing, window replacement, new laboratories, external works etc

Conservation and refurbishment • Many of our projects involve working with historic buildings. In Edinburgh this has ranged from contemporary additions to two A Listed properties in Moray Place to a current project involving the old building at Edinburgh College of Art and restoration works for part of The Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme.

Accessibility • We have an established working relationship with The Royal Blind and in particular are experienced at adapting buildings for special needs use.

Industrial sheds • Our experience of industrial sheds is extensive. Lyall Sutherland spent a significant part of his careers as the principal architect for a leading design and build contractor designing industrial buildings.

Residential • From large scale housebuilder developments to numerous bespoke private dwellings.

Laboratory and Healthcare • Our laboratory expertise is varied including biological science, chemistry and mechanical engineering labs. We have worked for many years with the Western General on numerous small projects including new ward facilities and a pharmacy. A lab refurbishment project for Heriot Watt University will begin on site Spring 2014.

Sustainability • We have long standing experience of low energy and green buildings including Jane’s experience with low-energy office pioneers Bennetts Associates and the practice’s competition winning design for an exemplar sustainable house at the 2010 Scottish Housing Expo. More recently we have carried out a study for the Scottish War Blinded considering the energy efficiency of 17 existing houses in Linburn to improve thermal performance and reduce running costs.

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