CPMG comes of age
This year CPMG turns 21. But, like most of those who are actually a little older, when asked, we still say we’re 21. In truth, our origins go back to the 1970s and 1980s when our parents hadn’t yet come together. CPMG as we now know it was born in 1997 to parents James McArtney and Crampin & Pring.
So like all 21st birthdays, it was cause for a celebration!
Taking over a full carriage on East Midlands trains, we headed to the finest capital in the world – London. The sun shone and faces gradually glowed on our three hour bespoke luxury charter cruise along the Thames. We enjoyed drinks and canapés on deck, adorned with CPMG balloons, bunting and our very own ensign. Travelling from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf and returning to Westminster, we patted ourselves on the back for jobs well done at HMS Belfast, Hays Galleria, The O2 Intercontinental and Alcatel Lucent.
When a considerable number of the party were left on the pier as our boat departed from the Tower, we did wonder whether ’hold hands in twos’ wouldn’t have been such a bad instruction, But with a little persuasion, an additional mooring fee and an about-turn in the Thames, we were reunited.
Disembarking at Westminster, we went our separate ways to enjoy The Shard, The Sky Garden or various hostelries en route to our own sky garden in Farringdon. The sun continued to shine as we drank and ate burgers with a unique view of the London skyline as our backdrop.
Not wishing to curtail the festivities, Nick was concise in praising our talented and dedicated team for their contribution to our amazing, award-winning portfolio as our CPMG-branded Hummingbird Bakery cake arrived. Nick refused to cut it with Sara and so Sara proceeded alone.
As 6:15pm arrived all too quickly, we departed with haste and YT was left wondering whether it was something he’d said. All present and correct we returned home in our very own carriage (with just a few strangers who probably wished they’d sat elsewhere!), exhausted after a thoroughly enjoyable, grand day out.
A CPMG biography:
CPMG’s formative years were immersed in education, healthcare and transportation. Realising the first education PFI in the conversion of the Grade I Listed Adam’s Building in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market was its first collaborative venture. When designing its first academy in 2010, its growth potential in this area was apparent. CPMG had already pioneered design and construction of air traffic control towers and built most of Nottinghamshire’s local primary healthcare facilities. Winning recognition and accolades in all sectors it went on to complete the multi-award winning Vijay Patel Building housing the Art & Design faculties at De Montfort University, a jewel in the crown of its Higher Education portfolio.
Now, CPMG provides services in architecture and interior design to blue chip clients such as Dunelm, Associated British Foods, Siemens, Capital One and Rolls-Royce. It’s boasts projects for British Sugar to Slimming World, advanced manufacturing facilities to waste recycling plants, public libraries to luxury assets auction houses, Passivhaus to passive wayfinding, fine dining to the quirky Kitty Café franchise, luxury residences to student residences. It continues to operate from its home base in Nottingham with studios in London and Hangzhou, servicing exciting projects throughout the UK, in The Middle East, Central Europe and China. If this is what CPMG can achieve by its Coming of Age, we look forward to seeing the exciting developments to come from this exceptionally talented and passionate team.
For a retrospective of our 21 years, see our anniversary brochure here.