Marischal College, Aberdeen

As part of the overall architectural service, Holmes Miller designed the interior fit out of Marischal College, from workplace strategy to finishes and furniture, creating in the process a Grade A office environment.

Liaising with the relevant stakeholders, we developed an agreed day-to-day working strategy, creating defined working areas, support facilities and meeting places. These office functions were interlinked with the vital business supply lines for the mail and supplies services.

The strategy was delivered within a professional, contemporary environment which was tailored to suit the Aberdeen City and Shire branding style and colourways. Photo-wallpaper images were included to provide a recognisable Aberdeen theme throughout and reclaimed sections of the historic fa├žade were installed as an internal reminder of the retained building facade.

Holmes selected the furniture and light fittings, and designed the hub unit fitments to facilitate the working themes established in the strategic analysis.

Key spaces, particularly the Entrance Reception and Customer Service Centre focused on local, natural materials: locally sourced Kemnay granite for the floor; black quartz to represent the oil industry; limed oak echoing the driftwood washed up on the beach.

The historically important Grant room, the only piece of the existing interior to be retained, is beautifully restored and integrated into the contemporary surroundings to form a fantastic function room.


Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd




March 2011


The Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Commendation
Aberdeen Civic Society Award