Jonny Plant becomes London office director while Ed Lipton founds new practice

Ed Lipton and Jonny Plant

Ed Lipton and Jonny Plant

Corstorphine & Wright has announced the acquisition of RIBA London Award-winning practice Lipton Plant Architects.

The practice described the move as a “merger” with Lipton Plant, which was founded in 2002 by Ed Lipton and Jonny Plant.

As of the beginning of this month, Lipton Plant Architects changed its name to Corstorphine & Wright (London) Ltd. In the preceding days Lipton and Plant ceased to be persons with “significant control” of the business, according to documents filed with Companies House.

Corstorphine & Wright said former Lipton Plant managing director Plant and eight members of the LPA team had joined its London studio and would “continue to deliver high quality architectural solutions” as part of the practice.

Former LPA creative director Lipton has launched a new practice: Architect That. The business, which was incorporated in December last year, has studios in London and Scotland. It is currently recruiting “highly motivated, creative and collaborative” Part I and Part II architectural assistants.

One of LPA’s highest profile projects was its The Bath House Children’s Community Centre in Hackney, which won a RIBA London Award in 2016. A more recent project saw the practice convert a former umbrella factory in Whitechapel, east London, into a collection of apartments.

Umbrella Factory James Jones LPA

Source: Lipton Plant Architects / James Jones

The Umbrella Factory

Corstorphine & Wright, meanwhile, secured a string of high-profile planning consents last year and opened a new studio in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

As of last year, it had 84 chartered architects across 11 UK offices according to research by Building Design’s sister tile Building.

However the practice’s proposals to demolish a brutalist landmark in Birmingham and replace it with a residential-led scheme featuring towers of up to 56 storeys prompted opposition from three past winners of the Stirling Prize.