Dunwoodie Architects acquires Swift Architects to deliver its vision for 2018

Swift Architects acquired by Dunwoodie Architects

A North East based architectural practice which specialises in healthcare projects has acquired Swift Architects to build on its capability.

Dunwoodie Architects, based in Ponteland, is now joined by Peter Swift, a well-respected architect with 30 years’ experience working on a wide range of large projects in the region and nationally, including St James’ Gate, Baltic Jury’s Inn and the Heathrow Express Rail Link in London.

Laura Ruxton, who became a director of Dunwoodie Architects following the death of founder Mike Dunwoodie in 2015, said: “We are really excited to be joined by Peter and his team for this next phase in our practice’s story.

“Over 27 years we have built a national reputation for delivering healthcare projects, working for clients like the RVI, Sunderland Infirmary, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Newton Lodge in Wakefield. 

“When I became a Director, I was determined to ensure we maintained and enhanced our reputation in healthcare, whilst also building the practice by applying our skills to other sectors.  When the opportunity for Peter to join the practice arose therefore, it was a perfect way to accelerate this evolution.

“By working together we have enhanced our entire proposition and are moving forward with a very clear vision of where we want to go with the practice strategically.”

Peter Swift said: “I am really looking forward to working with Laura and the rest of the team, delivering on the potential that exists by bringing our two businesses together.

“The heritage of the Dunwoodie Architects practice, combined with the real dynamism with which Laura is leading the business, means we are now well-positioned to talk to clients in a range of sectors about their projects and aspirations.”

To mark the coming together of the two companies, Dunwoodie Architects has worked with Gosforth-based brand agency Wonderstuff to define and deliver their rejuvenated brand, launching their new brand and website this week.

Laura said, “We wanted to illustrate the next phase of the practice’s development by marking it visually.  We have kept the strength and heritage of the Dunwoodie Architects’ name, but have developed a forward-looking identity that represents our approach to delivering successful and innovative architectural projects in the future.