Morrison Design Ltd

MBO at Morrison Design

Bondholder Morrison Design Limited has announced its acquisition by its management team.

The new owners and directors will be Peter Newman-Earp, David Gardner and Nik Clarke, who will take control of the business from former owners Nigel Walding and George Love. Nigel will continue to be involved in a consultancy role to continue to provide his wealth of experience and knowledge.

Morrison Design was founded in 1948 by war veteran Sam Morrison and recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. The company provides architectural design, planning and project management services on commercial design and build and refurbishment projects for hotels, schools, fire stations and company offices and manufacturing facilities.


Morrison Design has been the appointed architect on many local, UK and overseas projects. These include work for Bondholders Morley Hayes Golf Club and Rolls-Royce, as well as a £91m five-star hotel in Grand Caymen and multiple hotel projects in London, Dublin and Portugal.

Commenting on the management buyout (MBO), Dave Gardner, Director said, “It’s a great relief to be able to talk more publicly about the deal and announce our plans for building our business as a team. We have worked on some really high-profile projects in the past, and going forward we hope to profile our work more prominently as we seek to expand our portfolio of clients and further build our credibility.”

Advisers on the deal were David Mellor from Johnson Tidsall and David Tomlinson from Bondholder Powell & Co who acted on behalf of the MBO team.

Newman to Chair Professional Construction Employment & Skills Academy

Associate Director at Bondholder firm Morrison Design, Peter Newman has taken over the helm of fellow Bondholder Derby College’s Professional Construction Employment & Skills Academy.

Newman will chair an Advisory Board of representatives from ten other local and regional companies specialising in all aspects of professional construction, and has taken over from Rebecca Hartshorn, Design and Sustainability Manager at Bowmer & Kirkland.

The employers will provide a wide range of work placements, visits, projects, mock interviews and specialist lectures for learners and apprentices on the full and part time Professional Construction study programmes.

Peter Newman said: "Many aspects of professional construction suffer from skills shortages so, by raising the profile of the industry amongst young people and supporting them into the workplace, we can tackle this growing issue.

“It is vital that employers work closely with education providers to bridge the gap between the skills provided and the reality of what is required in the workplace.

“By bringing together professionals from across the industry, we are able to share the broader view on skills requirements and offer the learners a wide range of experience as part of their study programmes.

“Morrison Design has a long relationship with Derby College and have recruited a number of young people in apprenticeship roles here.

“We have a number of long standing clients in specialist industries ranging from hotel and leisure to nuclear and science facilities.

“These require specialist skills and knowledge and, by recruiting young people at the start of their careers, we can mould and train them at an early age with the skills to be a vital part of the team.”

April Hayhurst, Derby College Deputy Principal – Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “Employers consistently tell us that they want young people who are work ready and have the employability skills that will help them to grow their business.

“The Employment and Skills Academies are designed to do just that by bringing together employers and their staff together with students to bridge the skills gap and provides young people with a springboard into employment.

Morrison revamps Dovecote at Morley Hayes

Bondholder Morrison Design Ltd is excited to announce the completion of architectural refurbishment works at the Dovecote Restaurant at Bondholder Morley Hayes.

The project came about following a design brief to enhance the entrance area, bar, restaurant and seating areas. The design works included a complete redesign of the bar area to create serving points from two sides whilst maintaining an intimate feel. The highly detailed bar is complimented with modern yet subtle lighting design.

By opening up the bar and introducing additional windows into the space, guests can now enjoy delightful views over the golf course in the Derbyshire countryside.

Nik Clarke, Associate Director at Morrison Design Ltd, said: "It's always a pleasure working with Morley Hayes, a local client that encourages modern design with a traditional feel, now in our 12th year of working together and already working hard on the next project!"

Morrison Design appoints three Associate Directors

Left to right: Peter Newman, Nik Clarke and David Gardner

Bondholder architect practice Morrison Design Ltd is pleased to announce the promotion of Peter Newman, Nik Clarke and David Gardner to the roles of Associate Directors in recognition of their significant contribution to the company.

The promotion rewards their commitment over many years and we are sure it will enhance the continued success and development of the practice and bodes well for the coming years
— Nigel Walding, Director of Morrison Design Ltd

Director Nigel Walding said: "Both myself and co-director George Love are delighted to have three such talented and committed individuals within the Morrison team. The promotion rewards their commitment over many years and we are sure it will enhance the continued success and development of the practice and bodes well for the coming years. We have a rich history and bright future."

Their combined experience of 44 years builds on and cements the practice's key skills across a broad range of market sectors in which the practice operates.

These promotions come as a key part of the company's strategy for future development, and the team is pleased to have been in the fortunate position of being able to make these appointments from long-standing and dedicated existing employees.