Philosophy

The practice was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980.

Grimshaw excels at the design and construction of significant buildings that are finely crafted to suit their purpose and help enrich their local communities. Over 25 years, the practice has established a reputation worldwide for rational building design and a profound understanding of the use of materials. Early industrial projects in the UK set a precedent for the criteria that would inform the practice's design approach: structure, space and skin.

The practice now operates worldwide, with offices in London, New York and Melbourne employing 160 staff. Our international portfolio covers various sectors, with substantial experience in transport projects, offices and educational facilities, the industrial sector, large-scale arts and leisure schemes and masterplanning.

Grimshaw's dedication to high quality design is paramount, whether working on low budget structures or high cost buildings with complex technical specification. The practice is committed to understanding clients' needs and working within realistic budgets and timetables. Grimshaw buildings are constructed with the greatest attention to detail and the practice remains dedicated to the aftercare of its buildings, so that they continue to satisfy clients in the years to come.

The practice believes in its responsibility for its work to contribute to worldwide environmental improvement and sustainability. In 2000, Grimshaw became the first major architectural practice to meet the ISO14001 environmental management system standard and continues to use its own environmental audit system, EVA, which empowers its staff to improve the performance of Grimshaw buildings.

The latest CAD technology is used in all our offices to design and disseminate information. The practice has highly developed business management procedures, with certification to ISO 9001 for the past five years.

Awards

Grimshaw has won over 100 design awards internationally. Here are just a selection:

2009
Camden Building Quality Award - Large Commercial Category
LSE: New Academic Building

RIBA Award
UCL Cancer Institute: Paul O'Gorman Building

American Society of Landscape Architects Honour Award
Museo Del Acero

AIA Honor Award
Horno 3 : Museo Del Acero

2008
Brunel Award
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

Architectural Practice of the Year
Building Awards

Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Building of the Year
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

RIBA European Award
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

Footbridge Awards - Long Span Aesthetics Category Finalist
Newport City Footbridge

World Architect of the Year
Building Design Architect of the Year Awards

Transport Architect of the Year
Building Design Architect of the Year Awards

Stirling Prize Runner Up
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

2007
Institute of Civil Engineers - George Gibby Award
Newport City Footbridge

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Award: Commendation (Sustainability)
Eco-Rainforest

RICS Regeneration Award
Newport City Footbridge

RIBA International Award
Southern Cross Station

Australian Construction Achievement Award
Southern Cross Station

Lubetkin Prize
Southern Cross Station

Structural Steel Design Award
Newport City Footbridge

Civic Trust Award
Thermae Bath Spa

RAIA Victorian Architecture Medal
Southern Cross Station

RAIA Victorian Chapter William Wardell Award for New Public Architecture
Southern Cross Station

RAIA Victorian Chapter Commendation for Urban Design
Southern Cross Station

Victorian Industry Capability Award
Southern Cross Station

RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design
Southern Cross Station

2006
RIBA International Award
Zurich Airport

Architectural Steel Design Award, Australian Steel Insitute
Southern Cross Station

LABC National Built In Quality Awards
The Core, Eden Project, UK

RIBA European Award
Caixa Galicia Art Foundation

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award
Fulton Street Transit Center, New York, USA

2005
British Construction Industry Awards: Finalist
Zürich Airport: Airside Centre

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award
Dubai Tower, competition scheme

AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
Zürich Airport , Switzerland

AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters, West Sussex, UK

2004
Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year
Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters, West Sussex, UK

RIBA Award
Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters, West Sussex, UK

2003
Structural Steel Design Award
Millennium Point, Birmingham, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
25 Gresham Street, London, UK

RIBA Award
National Space Centre, Leicester, UK

Business Commitment to the Environment Award
Eden Project: Foundation Building and Grimshaw's environmental audit tool

Prince Philip Designer's Prize: Special Commendation
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

2002
Natural Stone Award
25 Gresham Street, London, UK

RIBA Award
Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall, Germany

MSH-Preis für Architektur
Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall, Germany

Structural Steel Design Award
National Space Centre, Leicester, UK

Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues
Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall, Germany

World Architecture Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

2001
AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

BIAT Award for Technical Excellence
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

British Construction Industry Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

RIBA Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

Stirling Prize Runner Up
The Eden Project

2000
Structural Steel Design Award
Paddington Station Phase 1, London, UK

Concrete Society Award
European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey, UK

1999
Structural Steel Design Award
Orange Operational Facilities

RIBA Award
MABEG Office Box, Germany

Concrete Society Award
Lord's Grand Stand, London, UK

RIBA Award
Orange Operational Facilities, Darlington, UK

British Construction Industry Award
Ludwig Erhard Haus, Germany

1996
International Brunel Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

British Council for Offices Award
BA Combined Operations Centre, London, UK

Civic Trust Award
BA Combined Operations Centre, London, UK

Civic Trust Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

1995
Concrete Society Award
RAC Regional Headquarters, Bristol, UK

RIBA Award
RAC Regional Headquarters, Bristol, UK

AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

British Construction Industry Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

Financial Times Industrial Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

AJ Centenary Medal for Contribution to Architecture
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

AIA London/UK Design Excellence Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

1994
Structural Steel Design Award
RAC Regional Headquarters, Bristol, UK

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

Royal Fine Art Commission Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

RIBA Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

RIBA Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

1993
British Construction Industry Award
Igus Factory (Phase 1), Germany

Royal Fine Art Commission Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

British Construction Industry Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
British Pavilion Expo '92, Seville, Spain

Structural Steel Design Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

1992
British Construction Industry Award
British Pavilion Expo '92, Seville, Spain

1991
RIBA Award
Stockbridge Leisure Pool, UK

1990
Constructa Preis
Financial Times Printing Works, London, UK

RIBA Award
Rank Xerox Research and Development Facility, UK

1989
RIBA Award
Financial Times Print Works, London, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
Homebase Store, Brentford, UK

British Construction Industry Award
Financial Times Print Works,, London, UK

1986
RIBA Award
Herman Miller Distribution Centre, Chippeham, UK

1983
RIBA Award
Castle Park Factory Units

1980
RIBA Award
BMW GB Headquarters

RIBA Award
Advanced Factory Units

1978
RIBA Award
Herman Miller Assembly Plant, Bath, UK

1977
Structural Steel Award
Herman Miller Assembly Plant, Bath, UK

Financial Times Industrial Architecture Award
Herman Miller Assembly Plant, Bath

1969
Structural Steel Design Award
Student Service Tower, London, UK