1 July 2016 – HRI Architects today announced it has acquired the long-established architects’ practice Thomas Munro & Co. Founded in 1898, Thomas Munro & Co. is one of the oldest practices in Scotland.
All staff will be retained by the new firm, bringing total staff numbers to 10.
Its principal, Colin Munro, will continue as a consultant to the new firm, which is to be called HRI Architects Incorporating Thomas Munro. HRI will relocate from its current premises in Queensgate to Thomas Munro & Co. premises at 62 Academy Street, at the corner of Academy Street and Strothers Lane.
HRI and Thomas Munro and Co have between them designed a wide range of well known Inverness and Highland buildings and are working on diverse current projects including Inverness Cathedral renovation and alteration works, onshore buildings for the ‘MeyGen’ tidal renewable project in Caithness, and a range of public, commercial and residential developments.
The incorporation brings together specific expertise and experience in commercial and residential architecture and historic building and conservation work.
“We are delighted to be incorporating Inverness’s longest-established architectural practice to create a new, medium-sized firm – the largest locally based practice in the Highlands,” noted Andrew Bruce, founder of HRI Architects. Bruce will become Managing Director in the new firm, and HRI co-director Mark Williams will become Technical Director.
“I am pleased that the firm founded by my grandfather Thomas Munro will continue in a new form,” said Colin Munro. “I look forward to making an active contribution to the new practice,” he added.
HRI Architects was established in 1997.