SMC Group acquires two Northern architects and wins contract for Police Federation headquarters.

Architect SMC Group has bought rivals Corstorphine & Wright Hills Erwin and Philip Lees & Associates.

Both practices will now be prefixed with the SMC moniker. Corstorphine & Wright Hills Erwin is based in Manchester and Lancaster, specialising in commercial architecture. Philip Lees is based in Leeds, and around 80% of its revenue is repeat business from commercial property and investment companies.

The SMC Group has also won a contract for the Police Federation headquarters building in Leatherhead, Surrey. It includes offices, training and conference facilities, and a residential element. The construction value will be approximately £10m.

SMC chief executive Stewart McColl said: “We are pleased to be able to announce the completion of the two acquisitions which we outlined in the admission to the AIM prospectus.”

The company joined AIM, the junior stock exchange, earlier this month, with the value of the company at that time estimated at £14.7m.