Large commercial practice buys long-standing Edgbaston firm Crouch Butler Savage

Sidell Gibson Architects is to buy Birmingham-based architect Crouch Butler Savage for an undisclosed sum.

Sidell Gibson, known mainly for commercial developments such as the Paddington Central scheme, will take on all of Crouch Butler Savage's staff and the lease on its Edgbaston office, which will now trade as Sidell Gibson Crouch Butler.

A joint statement from the two architects said the acquisition represented “a natural development of an ongoing commercial collaboration”.

Edgbaston Mill
Crouch Butler Savage is working on developer Calthorpe's £70m Edgbaston Mill

Sidell Gibson already has a substantial presence in Birmingham, acting as masterplanner and lead architect on Ballymore's £250m Snowhill development. It ranks joint 53rd in Building's top 100 architects by size in the UK.

Crouch Butler Savage is one of Birmingham's oldest architects, and is working on the £70m Edgbaston Mill development for developer Calthorpe.

Mark Boyland, senior partner with Sidell Gibson, said: “While we continue to actively develop our business in Europe and further afield, this acquisition further consolidates our UK operations and will afford us a wider geographic reach coming out of the downturn.”