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Capita Symonds announces new Head of Architecture

6 May 2010

Capita 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 overseas.

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 this year.