INTERSTATE ARCHITECTS LTD has its origins in an architectural practice established by William Harvey Watkins in Bristol, England in 1900. The firm was involved in design of domestic, commercial and health buildings in the southwest of England. A London office was established in 1936 to deal with the ever expanding of volume of work particularly in the field of housing in London.
In 1938 the firm of W H Watkins won an open competition for the design of the proposed new St.Georges Hospital to be rebuilt at Hyde Park Corner, London, the design of which was prepared by Alexander Stuart Gray. Subsequently in May 1939 Alexander Gray became a partner and the name of the firm was changed to W.H. Watkins Gray and Partners. In 1952 the then Nigerian Government invited the firm of W.H. Watkins Gray & partners to design a Teaching Hospital for Nigeria in Ibadan and an office was set up in Lagos. Work expanded to such an extent that a new independent partnership was created and was called W.H.Watkins Gray Nigeria.
In 1972 young Nigerians were invited to join the partnership and before the Enterprises Promotion Decree, Watkins Gray Woodgate already had Nigerian participation. It was decided in view of the intentions of the Enterprises Promotion Decree that the name of the firm be changed to Interstate Architects to emphasise its willingness to comply with the aspirations of the decree and become a broad based firm in all the States in the Country embracing all ethnic cultures.
Interstate Architects found that a partnership was too restrictive to achieve its ambitions, which were to involve young talent in the firm and to make them responsible for the success of the firm and be rewarded accordingly. On the 13th of August, 1987 the firm was incorporated into a Limited Liability Company and became known as Interstate Architects Ltd.
Interstate Architects Ltd though an independent Company did, however enter into bilateral Technical Agreements with Watkins Gray International and a number of other International firms to provide technology when required and be available to provide information in reciprocity if so required.
As the Company grew, our staff were able to export our services abroad and specialists from Nigeria have visited other countries namely: Kenya, Zambia, Cameroon, Ghana, Ceylon and Hong Kong. We consider the relationship is essential for the growth of the company, internationally.
From the original practice the company has grown into a substantial organisation with offices in Lagos, Abuja, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Zaria and Enugu.
The Company has an impressive record of most building types. It has specialized in Health Care projects and has made a major contribution to the country’s Health care Programme. It has provided drawings and specifications for the health centers, primary health centers and comprehensive health centres, as well as also the brief for the Teaching Hospitals for all the States. The Company has been appointed as Consultant Architects to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Banking and security design has long been associated with the company and we have been retained by many Commercial Banks in the design of their buildings. Expertise in mass communication has brought to our studio’s the design of the Radio and Television Studios and the company has been appointed consequently as consultants to the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and a number of State Television Corporations. In the commercial sector, the Company has carried out projects for many national and multi-national clients, which include Lever Brothers Nigeria Plc., UAC of Nigeria Plc., Triplex Glass of Nigeria Ltd., May & Baker Nigeria Plc., Bata Shoe, the Marubeni Corporation, Sterling Products Nigeria Plc., and International Computers Ltd.
Interstate Architects Ltd has embraced the computer age and has installed latest state of the art equipment/computerization. It is able to offer a rapid response to complex building designs and make it possible to deal with the many amendments and modifications that occur during the design process, effectively and efficiently.
Professionally the Company has accredited members of the N.I.A. on their Board and staff and are registered with A.R.C.O.N. It has encouraged staff to participate in the N.I.A. and welcomes the fact of having one of their directors on the N.I.A. Council.
The Company is now managed and directed by Nigerians who form a formidable team of local and international repute.