Internationally renowned architect, Tony Kettle, has teamed up with Colin Bone and David Tripney to create a dynamic, new design house called Kettle Collective. Focusing on architecture, but also bringing bespoke solutions to clients across other areas such as urban, interior and product design, Kettle Collective has set up its head office in Edinburgh, but is also in the process of establishing a studio in Dubai which will act as a hub, providing links to key markets in the Middle East and Russia.
The trio previously worked together at RMJM and have joined forces to provide a client focused design studio offering a unique and tailored approach for every client.
During his time at RMJM, Tony Kettle – who is an award-winning architect with over 25 years’ experience in design leadership across the globe – was instrumental in leading the design of the iconic Falkirk Wheel in Scotland and Lakhta Tower, the new 456m headquarters for the Russian oil giant Gazprom in St Petersburg, which will soon be the tallest building in Europe.
David Tripney spent 20 years in Dubai, latterly overseeing the sale of his former company Holford Associates to Hyder Consulting, and was responsible for the delivery of some of the biggest construction projects in the region, including Mall of the Emirates, one of the world’s most successful integrated retail and leisure destinations. While Colin Bone spent five years at RMJM, most recently heading up the European Studio as managing principal, with a focus on opening up new markets such as Bahrain, Qatar, Russia, and Eastern Europe.
Commenting on the new enterprise, Tony Kettle, design principal of Kettle Collective said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to establish a new design house in Scotland with an international focus, building on our team’s previous experiences. Our UK and Middle East teams will work closely together to deliver high quality projects of all scales, which will continue to challenge the norm.”
David Tripney, director of Kettle Collective added: “In addition to our design offering, we are able to structure a full delivery service for clients, integrating strategic partners with a dedicated team on the ground. We provide a bespoke service tailored to individual client requirements, and there are a number of potential opportunities in the market which will allow the company to grow over the next two to three years.”