British Medical Association HQ Edinburgh, BMA Scotland Headquarters, 14 Queen Street property news

British Medical Association HQ Edinburgh news

13 June 2023

Location: 14 Queen Street

JRA Chosen To Operate On BMA Scotland HQ

Design: John Robertson Architects (JRA)

John Robertson Architects (JRA) has been appointed to reconfigure the British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland’s headquarters, 14 Queen Street, in Edinburgh.

British Medical Association Headquarters Edinburgh

The Grade A-listed 14 Queen Street is a notable example of Scottish Georgian architecture, situated in Edinburgh’s UNESCO-protected New Town. The New Town World Heritage Site is characterised by a diverse portfolio of architecturally significant commercial and residential buildings including designs from John & Robert Adam and Sir William Chambers.

With the retrofit currently at RIBA Stage II, JRA’s work on 14 Queen Street is a testimony to the practice’s specialist reputation in the retrofitting and reimagining of legacy commercial assets, often with listed status or within conservation areas. To argument the practice’s design capabilities more widely across the UK, JRA launched an Edinburgh studio last year which supplements its established studios in London and Lodz, Poland.

JRA Associate Director Angela St Clair-Ford:
Angela St Clair-Ford - British Medical Association HQ Edinburgh

JRA’s Edinburgh studio is led by Associate Director Angela St Clair-Ford, a specialist in interior design schemes within commercial buildings. St Clair-Ford previously worked on several high-profile interior fit-outs including the new Strand Campus for King’s College, London encompassing the Grade II-listed Bush House, four adjoining period buildings and a courtyard. In addition, JRA has delivered designs to repurpose a number of other listed buildings including 7 & 8 Frederick’s Place and 35 Old Jewry, also originally designed by Robert Adam and both in the City of London.

Angela St Clair-Ford said: “We are excited to be appointed by BMA Scotland to work on 14 Queen Street. The appointment exemplifies JRA’s success with the retrofit of complex historical buildings. We are looking forward to creating a modern workplace for BMA Scotland while respecting the original history of the building and its context.”

John Robertson Architects (JRA)

Since its formation in 1993, JRA has designed and delivered buildings that have established the firm’s reputation as innovative architects who consistently realise client’s ambitions and resolve complex problems with purpose and flair. Guided by founder John Robertson, the practice is led by Festus Moffat, David Magyar, Nathalie Bergvall, and Smita Bhat, supported by an accomplished team of associate directors. Together, they have wide ranging project experience in the UK, EMEA, and international markets, and in masterplanning exercises across conceptual and detailed design stages. The practice’s portfolio spans the office, residential, heritage, education, hotel, compliance monitoring, and residential sectors.

JRA is currently undertaking commercial, higher education, and residential projects in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Edinburgh, adding significant value through creative, sustainable, and thoughtful design. JRA’s recent completed projects include the environmentally outstanding workspace Bloom Clerkenwell for HB Reavis, a historic complex of buildings at Frederick’s Place as part of the Mercers’ Company’s Estate, the prominent repositioning projects Bureau and The Ludgate, the new workplace concept at Cannon Green, and the redevelopment and fit out of Skanska’s headquarters at 51 Moorgate.

John Robertson Architects

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