Opportunity to join our team by Craig Heap


We are looking for an experienced Project Architect with a passion for architecture to join our busy Glasgow studio.

Working primarily within our Residential team a position has arisen for a Project Architect with a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience.

Our design studio in Glasgow has a friendly environment and offers excellent working conditions. We offer competitive salaries, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package.

The successful candidate will ideally:

  • Be proficient in the use of REVIT, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, and Sketch-Up.

  • Have good working knowledge of current UK Planning Guidelines, Building Regulations and Technical Standards

  • Have experience of working in Social and Private Housing together with a good working knowledge of Housing for Varying Needs Standards.

  • Be capable of producing high quality designs, detailed construction drawings and specifications.

  • Have strong organisational skills - able to work well under pressure and manage workload efficiently to meet deadlines

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Enjoy working as part of a team.

Holmes Miller is an equal opportunities employer, recruiting in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

The successful candidate must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work without restriction in the UK.

To apply, please email a CV with examples of your work, together with a cover letter stating your availability and salary expectations to glasgow@holmesmiller.com

Boroughmuir High School Extension Planning Approval by Craig Heap

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We are delighted to announce that this important project has now received Planning Approval by CEC’s Planning Committee. We have worked closely with City of Edinburgh Council to develop a successful design solution to extend the recently completed existing school building, which builds upon it’s important civic position with the Fountainbridge area.

Designed to be a seamless extension to the existing school over the full height of the building, the proposals strengthen the school’s relationship to Dundee Street to the north, and creates an enhanced sense of enclosure to the external playground areas. Urban connections to the canal and beyond have also been formalised as part of the proposals in response to the emerging CEC masterplan for the area.

John Burns - Tenements: An Architectural History by Ryan Holmes


Our very own architect, John Joseph Burns will present tonight, his research into the history of the tenement typology in Scotland, examining its development from the 1700's to current times.

"The Tenement typology defines Glasgow not only in it’s urban character but also in it’s history and it’s own self-perception. Much has been written about the Glasgow tenement with its own unique character analysing it from a social history or urban planning perspective but there isn’t a study which cohesively tells the story of the architectural evolution of the Glasgow tenement from it’s medieval beginnings right through to the social housing provision of today. Telling this story of the naturally evolving tenement will ultimately reveal the history of Glasgow itself. The changing form of each period reflects the standards, restrictions, aims, ambitions and even failings of the time they were built. The study will focus on the everyday tenements that form the large majority of the housing stock at Glasgow’s peak and still to this day."

Career in Architecture by Craig Heap


Today we had Matthew Bell, a student from Dalbeattie Learning Campus, in the studio finding out more about what’s involved with a career in architecture.

Various members of our team spent a little time with Matthew to provide advice and information on various aspects such as ;

  • One of our Directors provided an overview of our practice

  • One of our University tutors provided an overview on what happens at University / requirements of portfolio to get in etc

  • One of our recently qualified architects provided an overview of the Professional exam process

  • Project Architect for Dalbeattie Learning Campus provided an overview of the project and what’s involved with design and delivery

  • Our BIM Manager provided some valuable information on BIM

It was really great to hear some positive feedback from Matthew on Dalbeattie Learning Campus and we wish him well with his future career … hopefully in Architecture!

Woking Football Club Development by Craig Heap


Holmes Miller are currently working on design proposals for a Community Stadium as part of the Cardinal Court development in Woking, Surrey.

Recently Ian Cooney presented to Woking Borough Council, Woking FC Supporters and the Woking public at a series of community consultations.

Working with Dukelease/GolDev Developments and LRW,  Holmes Miller have developed the stadium proposal as part of a masterplan that features 1000 private, affordable and social tenure apartments with extensive public realm.

 The 10,000 capacity stadium features a fanzone, retail, commercial and community accommodation  - as part of a new neighbourhood called Cardinal Court.


Union Yards, Glasgow by Craig Heap

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In March this year Holmes Miller were invited to produce concepts for one of Glasgow’s key gap sites in the St. Enoch neighbourhood : The King Street Car Park. The Glasgow studio relished the opportunity to explore ideas and started by looking into the history and provenance of this famous location……

The King Street car park was formerly the rail yards for the St.Enoch Station, which closed in 1966. Bounded by the City Union Rail Line to the East, Merchant City to the North, and Briggait to the South – the site is blessed with an engaging and developed context rich in history. Having been used as a car park for the last 3 decades and witnessed several failed development proposals, we sought to reimagine the site as a multi-use development.

Our concept was to provide a new landmark destination - a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood within the centre of Glasgow. Stitched into the existing fabric of the city, and connecting West to East – the aim was to create an enjoyable and exciting experience to those travelling through its heart, providing places to where people want to dwell and reconnecting the city.

Design Rationale

The north/south oriented blocks are designed with flexibility in mind – they could accommodate either residential or commercial activity as the market dictates, or indeed a mixture of both. The flexibility of their size and form means that not only can they be interchangeable while the design develops, but they are able to be adapted for alternative uses in the future.

The linear wings are sub-dividable with cores serving the multi-level blocks landing at ground level, integrated into building plinths, providing further activation amidst retail, restaurant and leisure activity. This base level underpins the scheme to create a truly mixed-use development.

On an Urban Design level, we used the detailed guidance of Glasgow City Council’s SG1 - The Place making Principle when designing the development so that it has a character unique in the city centre but respects the existing urban fabric with a scale and materiality that is appropriate and varies to suit each boundary condition.


We envisaged this development, not just as a series of buildings and the spaces defined by these, but as a holistic neighbourhood, with an animated public realm fraught with activity spilling out from the buildings to which they are harmoniously linked. Reinforcing and reinvigorating the bottom bar of the ‘Golden Z’ through its connection with Argyle Street and the St Enoch Centre. Connecting the developing Merchant City to the river and the East End to the commercial heart of Glasgow.

A future facing Glasgow is enjoying a prosperous period – the timing is perfect to transform this dormant site into a place where people want to be, to live, to work, to relax, to play.

One with a unique character that is vibrant, safe and exciting, but recognises its heritage and place in the City of Glasgow. A new neighbourhood that brings together people, the environment and the city, a union of many diverse facets - Union Yards.

Celtic FC announce re-development plans by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller are delighted to be working with Celtic Football Club on their exciting major re-development at Barrowfield Training Centre in Glasgow.

The re-development includes one of the largest indoor football arenas in Scotland, a FIFA approved full sized artificial pitch, state of the art gymnasium, parking and changing facilities.

Celtic FC press statement

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup… by Craig Heap


Holmes Miller is delighted to be a sponsor of Glasgow City FC and pass on our best wishes to  Lee Alexander, Nicola Docherty, Hayley Lauder, Leanne Crichton, Jo Love and all other players representing Scotland in the upcoming 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

We look forward to watching and cheering on Scotland, in their first football World Cup since 1998, particularly the opening fixture against England on Sunday 9th June.

Link to Scottish FA squad announcement


East Dunbartonshire Early Years by Craig Heap

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Planning Applications registered for 3 new centres

Holmes Miller, working in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council and hubWest Scotland, has submitted planning applications for 3 new early years facilities, within Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch, which truly embrace the opportunity to provide the optimum setting for pre-school children.

Founded on the Scottish Government’s ‘Space to Grow’ document, which encourages strong links with outdoor learning, and the creation of buildings that encourage self-development, self-confidence and promote exploration and discovery, these new facilities eschew the notion of a traditional playroom, and offer a dynamic educational setting for infants.

Whilst fully aligning with the space standards depicted by the Care Inspectorate, the indoor spaces are complemented with an extensive, multi levelled and sheltered courtyard space, that offers a seamless transition from indoor, to outdoors, and ensures children can enjoy an open and natural setting throughout the calendar year. Discovery is encouraged through provision of ramps and slides, that allows pupils to access a first floor terrace and experience the playspaces from above, whilst a ground level courtyard finished with a variety of textures, surfaces and materials creates a canvas for learning and creativity.

The approach endorsed by East Dunbartonshire Council in commissioning these buildings, truly places the pupil experience at the forefront, with a conscious effort made to reduce the area assigned to ancillary spaces and servicing, to maximise the investment for the benefit of learning. The result is a solution that reduces internal spaces where practicable, to allow a 200% increase in the amount of covered playspace that can be offered for children.

Each site, whilst utilising a similar building design solution, marries to suit the context and mature landscape setting available in each location. External spaces will not be overly designed, but will offer staff and pupils the opportunity to craft their own pre-school setting, with natural features, opportunities for water play and construction activities all encouraged without being over-thought or predetermined.

We are incredibly excited to see these projects develop towards the final solution, and submission of the planning applications forms a significant milestone in making these highly innovative buildings a reality.

Well done Ju Li by Craig Heap


Huge congratulations to Holmes Miller Director, Ju Li, who finished 6th woman in the recent ‘2019 International Enterprise Tengger Desert Hike Challenge’.

We are recruiting by Craig Heap

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Holmes Miller is seeking applications from talented, enthusiastic and ambitious individuals to join our busy Glasgow studio to work on major projects in the UK and abroad. 

 The following positions are available:

  • Project Architects, with minimum 3 years post Part 3 qualification

  • Part 2 architectural graduates

  • Part 1 architectural graduates

  • Architectural Technicians

Positions may include opportunity to travel to our expanding studios in London and Guangzhou, where you will actively contribute to large scale design projects.

To be considered for these roles you will need excellent design, technical, and organisational skills as well as an appreciation and passion for architecture.  Proven ability with Sketch-Up, AutoCAD and Adobe Suite is essential with experience in Revit (essential for technician) and Rhino desirable.

Holmes Miller is a design-led practice, providing feasibility, planning and building design services to public and private clients in a number of key sectors; Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Justice, Residential, Sport & Leisure. Our geographic spread extends throughout UK and internationally with projects in China, USA and India.

We offer excellent working conditions from our Glasgow studio.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Part 2 Graduate position may lead to Part 3 Qualification sponsorship with opportunity for career advancement.

Immediate availability is preferred, but not essential.  All successful candidates must be able to provide proof of your eligibility to work without restriction in the UK.

Holmes Miller is an equal opportunities employer, recruiting in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

To apply, please e-mail an up-to-date CV and portfolio with a cover letter stating your availability and salary expectations to glasgow@holmesmiller.com

Charity events for 2019 by Craig Heap


Holmes Miller are taking part in a variety of events across 2019 to raise money for Revive MS Support, a charity based in Glasgow that provides vital therapy, advice and support to people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the heart of communities across the West of Scotland in order to enhance their well-being and empower them to live full and productive lives.

Our main fundraising events are three office wide physical challenges:

The Kilt Walk – Sunday 28th April 2019


The famous Kilt Walk is a fun yet challenging walk through some of Scotland most scenic areas with staff taking part in both the ‘Mighty Stride’ 24 miles from Glasgow Green to Balloch Country Park and the ‘Big Stroll’ 15 miles from Clydebank to Balloch Country Park.

The Great Glencoe Challenge – Saturday 6th July 2019


Billed as Scotland’s toughest trekathon, staff are taking on the 26 mile route through the glen, over the Devils Staircase through the Lairig Mor (the Big Pass) to the base of Ben Nevis.

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For our keen cyclists there is 85 Miles of closed road cycling beginning and concluding in Pitlochry.  The course consists of rolling hills and forest roads around Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel, combined with the 1,083m climb of Mt Schiehallion.

To make efforts and weary legs worthwhile we would be very grateful for your support, encouragement and any charitable donations that you can offer.  Donations, large or small, can be made via the following link.


Just giving sends your donations straight to Revive MS and automatically claims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

If you wish to donate specifically to the Kilt Walk then you can do so via the link below, donations are topped up by 40% by the ‘Hunter Foundation’.


Thank you for your support

Holmes Miller

Inspiring career direction by Craig Heap


Holmes Miller’s Joyce Yazbeck recently visited the secondary school she had attended in East London to give a talk about a career in Architecture to a group of students, some of which were starting their GCSEs and some of which were studying for their A levels.

The presentation centred on her journey from undergraduate education through to the projects she is currently working on at Holmes Miller. The students were thoroughly enthused about the presentation and had a variety of questions ranging from how to prepare a portfolio for university to understanding Joyce’s day to day activity including how much engagement she had in large projects.

After the talk, Joyce was invited to help out with an after school STEM club, who were in the midst of building go-karts. The whole afternoon was thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding for both Joyce and the students who have been given an exciting overview of careers in Architecture and have hopefully been inspired in their future career direction!

Practice Announcement by Craig Heap


A message from our Managing Director, Callum Houston :

In recognition of our strong Holmes Miller team, I am delighted to announce that Craig Heap and Mark Ellson have taken on the position of Equity Directors from 01 April 2019.

With almost 40 years combined experience at Holmes Miller, Craig and Mark espouse our Practice values and commitment to high quality design.

As 4th Generation owners, they will play a major part in driving the business forward, in the years and decades to come, working collaboratively with clients old and new, from our design studios in Glasgow, Guangzhou and London.

Our Senior team is further strengthened with the appointment of Ju Li and Ryan Holmes as Directors.

Unfortunately, I must also announce the departure of Allan Quinn from the Practice. Having worked with Allan for the past 25 years I am sad to see a strong leader and friend leave the business. Allan leaves with the full support, and slight envy, of everyone at Holmes Miller as he starts a new adventure in his life, outside the construction industry.

Callum Houston

Managing Director

C'mon Scotland by Craig Heap


Hopefully the new changing rooms will come good today!

In this short video Gregor Townsend explains some of the ideas behind the design and how these will benefit the team and hopefully inspire a great victory for Scotland.

Holmes Miller worked closely with the Scottish Rugby Union to achieve the vision for a bright, vibrant and robust space utilising the SRU colour palette of blue, grey and purple in the materials. Setting the seats out in a seamless u-shape encourages interaction which is enhanced by the integration of state of the art technology to facilitate instant feedback and make discussions on tactics and strategy more visual.

A combination of high quality materials, including solid surface, glass, stainless steel and faux leather, create an appropriate atmosphere which is personalised with embroidered seating pads and etched shower valve plates.

LED lighting and scene setting plays a vital role in creating the appropriate mood in the changing rooms as well as highlighting key features such as the player’s shirts, numbers and heritage panels.

C’mon Scotland!

Broomhills Primary School Planning Approval by Craig Heap

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We are delighted to announce this exciting project has received Planning Approval.  Following in the footsteps of the successful St John’s Primary school completed in August 2018, the new Broomhills Primary School, which is being procured through City of Edinburgh Consultant and Contractor Frameworks, will be located within the new Heritage Grange residential development in the south side of Edinburgh.

The undulating quality of the Pentlands Hills was a great source of inspiration for the design of the building. The design of the façade echoes the silhouette created by the summits and by simply extruding this profile the rest of the building is formed. This school façade acts as the civic front to the new park as well as a focal point at the heart of this new community.

Planning approval for 21 luxury flats by Craig Heap

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We received the fantastic news that our proposed restoration, conversion and upgrading of 7 townhouses into 21 luxury flats in the popular Shawlands area was unanimously approved by GCC’s Planning Committee.

Our client, Kelvin Properties, proposes to reconfigure each original townhouse to provide a maisonette at ground and basement level, a flat at first floor level, and a maisonette at second and third floors. The scheme will also provide 21 private off-street car parking spaces within a high quality landscaped amenity garden.