6 May 2010
Symonds has appointed Clifford Martin (right) as Head of its
architecture division – Capita Architecture.
Clifford, who joined the company as part of
Capita’s acquisition of Percy Thomas architects in 2004, also leads
Capita Architecture’s Defence Sector team. He is currently
responsible for a number of major architectural projects in the UK
and the Middle East. Over the last few years he has also been
responsible for a number of headquarter and training projects
within both the public and private sectors in both the UK and
As Defence Sector Leader at Capita
Architecture he has been involved in bidding and delivering large
PFI projects and in both Standalone and Regional Prime Contracting.
He was instrumental in Capita Architecture's successful bids for
the Defence Academy UK, South East Regional Prime Contract (where
he has just completed the new HQ for the British Army at Andover)
and as part of the Metrix Consortium which is currently Preferred
Bidder for the Defence Training College PFI project at St Athan -
an £11bn project to provide tri-service training for the armed
forces over the next 25 years.
Promoted to the Capita Architecture Board as
Regional and then Operations Director in 2006, Clifford has a
wealth of experience leading design teams. His buildings have won
national and international awards (including RIBA, BCO and MIPIM
awards together with the Europa Nostra silver medal) as well as
being noted for their through-life sustainability.
Clifford says: “The strength of Capita
Architecture is predicated on design quality and robust financial
management and its talented people will continue to deliver superb
buildings in the future and to grow and develop the business.
We’re already building on the success of 2009
which saw a number of high profile projects reaching fruition such
as the BBC Hoddinott Hall, the second phase of the Wales Millennium
Centre in Cardiff; and the Nanoscience and Quantum Information
Building at University of Bristol which was dubbed ‘the quietest
building in the world’.”
Clifford replaces Robert Firth, who left the business earlier