Blog: SME of the Year SECBE Awards 2019 finalist - ECD Architects

04 June 2019

Sponsored by CIOB

ECD Architects

As a practice, ECD Architects is nearly 40 years old with offices in London and Glasgow and a team of 30 technical staff. They were early pioneers of sustainable architecture and have continued to innovate over the years. In 2012, they began a process of digital transformation to improve both the quality of information produced and how they manage projects. This has led to increased efficiency and better resource management with reduced waste and improved coordination across their supply chains. It has also raised the quality of information for their clients thus reducing risk in the design and construction process. 

In recent years they have also developed a BIM consultancy service that sits alongside their architectural services and supports skills audits and staff training. However, this service also supports clients and contractors who wish to develop their in-house BIM skills. Alongside this digital transformation, ECD Architects continue to innovate in sustainability and have recently been recognised by Constructing Excellence for their project at Wilmcote house. They employ several Passivhaus designers and as with BIM they believe this methodology can improve the quality of information and reduce the ‘Performance Gap’ between design and construction. As a growing business they have also invested in the development of their staff and they provide ongoing targets and support for improvement and career development. As an IPP-accredited practice they also actively support local communities and encourage staff to take part in voluntary activities.

ECD Architects is a design focused business that embraces quality in both the information they produce and the buildings they deliver. They have invested in staff and the tools they use to ensure outputs are high quality and perform as intended. However, as champions of sustainability and BIM they also remain focused on high quality design. They continue to hold regular design reviews on all projects to ensure they achieve the highest possible standards and target awards wherever possible as a means of benchmarking against peers and driving improvement.

Being a ‘responsible business’ is one of their five key business objectives and over the last three years they have achieved IPP accreditation for their contribution to the development of staff and impact on the wider community and environment.

ECD Architects also seek to learn from their projects and have partnered with academics to research and disseminate their experience for the benefit of the wider construction industry. 


  • Since beginning their digital transformation in 2015 their BIM consultancy fees have increased from £0 to over £250k per year.
  • Since obtaining Investor in People status in 2017 their staff have recorded over 500 hours of voluntary time for good causes.
  • Since writing their last 4-year Business Plan in 2015 their turnover has increased by 25%.

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The SECBE 2019 SME of the Year Award is sponsored by CIOB.

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