Sydney based architecture firm, Ancher Mortlock Woolley (AMW) has joined one of Queensland’s oldest practices, Conrad Gargett Riddel (CGR).

The two firms will now be known as Conrad Gargett Riddel Ancher Mortlock Woolley (CGR AMW).

With projects such as the Queen Victoria Building refurbishment in Sydney, and the Children’s Medical Research Institute in Westmead, AMW was established in 1946 and has developed a reputation for its iconic designs.

CGR was established in 1890, and is known for its work in the design of commercial, health, defence, heritage conservation and adaptive reuse projects.

Significant projects include the Queensland Children’s Hospital with Lyons, and the adaptive reuse of the Old Government House in Brisbane.

State Library of Victoria Redevelopment, Melbourne by AMW. Photography by John Gollings

Old Government House by CGR.Photography by Graham Philips

Both firms have developed a close working relationship in recent years, partnering on project bids, and demonstrating a like-minded approach to contemporary design and heritage conservation.

Bruce Wolfe, managing director at CGR believes the merge will enable a richer and complementary service.

“We are delighted to have such a highly regarded practice join our firm. AMW has a rich history and have been responsible for some of our country’s most significant designs,” he says.

3D render of the new Queensland Children's Hospital by CGR + Lyons, Stanley Street Elevation

“Joining CGR and combining our expertise opens up many exciting opportunities for our practice,” adds director of AMW, Dale Swan.

CGR AMW will operate from CGR’s current offices in Brisbane and Townsville, as well as from AMW’s studio in Sydney.