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Colin Gilmore-Merchant, Managing Director, SMC Alsop

Colin Gilmore-Merchant

Colin Gilmore-Merchant is managing director of SMC Alsop and a leading practitioner in the UK construction industry. He has worked in sectors as diverse as commercial office, higher education, health, transport and government buildings.

He is an advisor to regional and national government bodies in the UK on design-related issues as well as a member of the Alsop management body. Projects he has been responsible for include:

  • The masterplan and design of a commercial development along the banks of the Huangpu River within reach of Shanghai's historic waterfront. The development consists of seven office buildings (with a winter garden), a multi-level retail development, hotel, residential development and landmark gallery, all with associated basement accommodation.
  • The design and delivery of the 9,000m² School of Medicine and Dentistry for Queen Mary College, University of London. The project primarily houses microbiology and some chemistry laboratories for medical research, including ACDP Cat 3 facilities, and has recently won a RIBA award.
  • A design consultancy role on the successful Skanska PFI bid for the £700m expansion of Barts and the Royal London PFI commission.
  • Detail design and planning submission for the Bayswater Serviced Apartments on Hyde Park. This 4,307m² development for Mutual Finance is intended to deliver 58 serviced apartments at a build cost of £16m.

Prior to joining Alsop as a director in January 2003, he was director of architecture at AMEC, working for many years on the design and implementation of research building projects, including SmithKline Beecham's Science Complex One in Harlow, UK, Pfizer's Central Research Facility in Kent, UK, Pharmacia & Upjohn's Discovery Science Building in Stockholm, Sweden and the Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering's electronics and physical laboratories at the University of Loughborough, UK.

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SMC Alsop MD Colin Gilmore-Merchant applauds the positive dialogue begun at LEAF 2005. He urges the architectural community to continue the debate, particularly on issues such as...