The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

ARPL Architects announce start on Peak Scientific production facility extension

Leading Ayrshire-based architectural practice ARPL Architects Ltd are pleased to report that there was excitement recently at Peak Scientific headquarters on the Inchinnan Business Park, as Peak Scientific managing director Robin McGeachy (pictured below) cut the first sod for the start on a large extension to their production facility.

Peak Scientific is a specialist environmental engineering business manufacturing gas generators for medical and laboratory equipment and scientific instruments, and has a strong worldwide order book with significant growth projected over the next few years.

The extension (artist’s impression above) provides new administration and management offices and additional warehousing which will free up existing accommodation for greater production capacity and research and development engineering. Planning consent was gained last summer for the £2million development designed by ARPL director Rebecca Cadie.

The project will be constructed with Ashleigh Construction as main contractor on a programme to complete by the end of 2012. A good working relationship will be needed for construction work as the existing building is packed with Peak staff working under pressure of space.

ARPL Architects Ltd director Rebecca Cadie commented: “This is our largest commercial project to date, and we are proud to be associated with a growing business such as Peak Scientific, who are thriving despite the current economic climate. Managing contractors on site alongside a busy client workforce is going to be a demanding challenge requiring good communication and co-operation. Through our past experience of working with Ashleigh Construction we are confident that this can be effectively achieved.”

Rebecca Cadie BArch DipArch ARIAS RIBA

Rebecca Cadie (pictured above) trained at the MacIntosh School of Architecture, Glasgow University and prior to joining ARPL Architects Ltd in 1999, worked in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sussex and London, on a variety of project types, including bespoke commercial developments. She has developed a particular interest and expertise developed in conservation and ecclesiastical buildings. She serves on church property committees at National and Diocesan level for several denominations. Through her lead several members of staff at ARPL have developed expertise in church repair and new project work.

Rebecca is responsible for managing the practice continued professional development (CPD) programme and mentors ARPL students and trainees.

ARPL Architects Ltd

The directors of ARPL Architects Ltd are Patrick Lorimer, Rebecca Cadie, Gordon Fleming and Robert Gilliland, (pictured above). John Ramsay, Stewart Glendinning and Kenneth Handley are associates.

The ARPL philosophy is to produce buildings to the highest design standards in close consultation with its clients. Designs are innovative and sympathetic to both the immediate and the broader environment in which they are constructed, with an emphasis on sustainability. Each project embraces the unique nature of the client’s needs and the site.

Over the 36 years since Patrick Lorimer established the original practice, ARPL’s status in the profession has grown steadily in line with its position as a medium-sized practice with a reputation for well executed projects. From its base in Ayr the practice carries out projects over a wide geographical area from the Orkneys and the Western Isles to Ireland.

The firm’s project experience covers the fields of housing, churches, schools, commercial projects, private houses, community and arts buildings. Particular expertise has been developed in contemporary sustainable design, specialist conservation works and design for historically sensitive environments.

ARPL’s work has received wide recognition through numerous design and environmental awards presented over the years for its new build and conservation works. Regular success in design competitions adds to the practice portfolio.

ARPL are currently working on new and refurbishment housing for Lochside, Ayr, several church and castle conservation and restoration projects and new community facilities in the South West of Scotland. Appointments for church commissions involve a range of denominations and projects from conservation and repair to extensions and new build. The firm is also involved in country houses and estates and the design of new houses for private owners.

The practice typically handles projects with construction values ranging from £100k through to £15m.

ARPL directors have managed to keep their business stable during the current difficult times, and have a busy current workload.


ARPL Architects Ltd
Architects and Quantity Surveyors
11 Wellington Square
Ayr KA7 1EN
Ayrshire, Scotland

Contact: Patrick Lorimer
Tel: 01292 289777
Fax: 01292 288896



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