Acies sectors - commercial offices

Commercial offices

We have been involved with the structural design for new builds and the refurbishment, extension and reconfiguration of many different types of office buildings throughout the UK, from high-rise premises and business parks to heritage properties. We’ve worked on a number of interesting projects around Central London, where our design skills are sought after to add space and value to existing buildings, often in constrained sites with neighbouring buildings, railway and underground lines and main roads to consider. In London, as well as in other major cities such as Edinburgh and Manchester, we are experienced in dealing with listed and heritage buildings, where façades and architectural features often need to be retained. Our team in Birmingham has worked on many new build projects in the city and wider area, with many of the main contractors, architects and developers in the Midlands. We are experienced in working to the British Council of Offices (BCO) guidelines for the design of new build and refurbishment projects.

Commercial offices projects

Acies sectors - distribution and cold storage

Distribution and cold storage

Our London and South team works with some of the well-known UK food service and logistics businesses, providing new build designs for warehouses and distribution hubs, including extension and reconfiguration of existing facilities. We are experienced in the design of buildings for cold storage.

Distribution and cold storage projects

Acies sectors - education


We are experienced in working on the refurbishment and extension of, as well as new build, primary, secondary, further and higher education facilities, working for both local and higher education authorities, as well as academy, voluntary aided, church and private schools. We also work on inspections of educational premises for the Department for Education, providing assessments of structural condition, feasibility for reuse and extending life and advice for remediation.

Education projects

Acies sectors - healthcare


We work with main contractors on large NHS hospital sites and via specialist healthcare contractors for private sector hospitals and clinics. We have been involved in the design and construction of general hospital buildings, GP surgeries, in-patient and out-patient buildings, critical care units, theatres and sterile services departments, using traditional forms of construction, as well as volumetric modular and panelised prefabricated systems.

Healthcare projects

Acies sectors - Historic and heritage

Historic and heritage

At our office in Edinburgh, we are on the doorstep of many listed and historic buildings, which has given us expertise over the years in the conservation, repair and remediation of these properties, using sympathetic designs and techniques to retain and restore period features such as façades, roof details and ornamentation. We have also worked on notable buildings in other towns and cities across the UK. We can provide structural condition surveys and remediation strategies for listed buildings and heritage assets at the planning stage and work with Headland Archaeology within the RSK Group, which can provide heritage statements and is a recognised historic environment service provider with the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Acies sectors - infrastructure and highways

Infrastructure and highways

Our team of experienced civil engineers has the expertise to advise and design infrastructure and highway projects, as well as masterplanning for a variety of uses, whether large-scale residential or mixed use developments, business and industrial parks or retail and leisure.

Acies sectors - manufacturing, industrial and data centres

Manufacturing, industrial and data centres

From the design of ‘white box’ facilities to bespoke buildings, working with specialist contractors, our team has a wealth of experience in this sector. We work across all types of industrial, manufacturing and data centre facilities, with developers and main contractors on speculative distribution sites, institutional investors on enhancing industrial parks, large international clients delivering new bespoke manufacturing and data centre facilities and private manufacturing businesses improving their existing sites. Other services include inspections, defect reporting and planned preventative maintenance schedules.

Acies sectors - pharmaceutical and life sciences

Pharmaceutical and life sciences

We provide civil and structural engineering services to pharmaceutical manufacturing and life sciences research clients for new build facilities and extensions to existing sites. We work with international clients on large-scale good manufacturing facilities, which include bespoke manufacturing process areas, wet and dry laboratories for research and quality assurance, cleanrooms, warehousing and associated office and staff facilities. For institutional clients, we assist in the redevelopment and conversion of existing commercial assets to life sciences use, using Constructing Science guidance when providing feasibility assessments for disposal or acquisition of properties, through detailed design and construction monitoring. We provide design services for new build research buildings and laboratories.

Pharmaceutical and life sciences projects

Acies sectors - residential


From small to large developments of apartments and houses to bespoke individual residences, from student accommodation to care homes and retirement living, we have worked with a variety of contractors and developers in the residential sector, often on difficult, restricted or brownfield sites. We have converted existing commercial properties to residential use and designed new build multi-storey apartment complexes in excess of 20 storeys.

Acies sectors - retail and leisure

Retail and leisure

Shopping centres, retail parks, supermarkets, local convenience stores, hotels, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, sports centres, gyms and swimming pools: we’ve worked on all these and more over the years.

Retail and leisure projects

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Acies is part of the RSK group of companies

The RSK group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.