We held our annual summer event last week with colleagues from across our studios in London, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh gathering in sunny Dunbar for a great day of catching up and fun activities.

After a delicious lunch in the sunshine at Ocean Vertical’s Hedderwick Hill stables, the jmarchitects conference kicked off. We got to hear from all the studio Directors, discussing the work undertaken over the year and breadth of projects across the practice as well as from the jmsustainability, jmqm, jmdigial, jmacademy and jmcare groups on upcoming initiatives.

We then spilt off into a mix of high and low octane activities for the afternoon at the nearby Foxlake Adventures. From here, a group on segways set off for an off-road trek on some of the most scenic trail routes in the whole of East Lothian.

A few opted for a relaxing sauna and cold-water dip, while some others attempted the Foxfall water assault course for a test of skill, balance and will power! There were spectacular acrobatics on display, although not all were intentional!

A team took a nature walk from the venue at Ocean Vertical into Dunbar taking in the stunning views along the coast and saying hello to some cheeky alpacas on the way. The walk culminated in the local pub for some well-deserved refreshments!

Some staff members tested their navigation skills in the beautiful John Muir Country Park. An orienteering ‘score’ course was planned by jmarchitects own, Keith & Doug which gave people 90 minutes to find as many of the 20 checkpoints as possible. There was a variety of approaches taken…but everyone rose to the challenge, with Manchester Director, Andy Rogers being the quickest to get round them all!

The day was rounded off back in the Ocean Vertical courtyard with some drinks and delicious pizzas provided by The Big Blu around fire pits.

Thanks to everyone for making it such a great day, particularly to jmarchitects’ Beth & Rachel for ensuring the smooth running of the event. It was a great chance to catch up in person and to also welcome our newest members of staff to the practice.

“We were delighted to see so many of our colleagues from across the country make their way to “Sunny Dunny” and throwing themselves so enthusiastically into all the activities.  Some sights and sounds will live long in our memory! A big thank you also to Mollie and the Ocean Vertical Team for making us so welcome.”

               – Brian Thomson, Managing Director, jmarchitects

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