Aedas has announced a demerger of its international practice which comes into effect today, 7 July 2014. The separation will see the firm’s 13 offices in China, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the US continue to operate under the Aedas brand whilst the 8 UK studios in London, Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Shrewsbury and Glasgow will work in partnership with offices in Russia, Poland, Kazakhstan and an associate office in Karachi under the brand AHR.
AHR plans to open a new office in Dubai in light of the number of projects currently under development in the region. Aedas today announced that it has relocated its London base to 65 Chandos Place in the West End and is recruiting a Design Director for the London office. The vacancy is targeted at an individual with international built commercial experience in the city with a track record of London approvals.
The London office will be overseen by four key players: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas; Andrew Bromberg, Director of Design and Aedas’ signature designer; Ken Wai, Design Director for China; and Max Connop, Director.
Speaking on the announcement, Keith Griffiths said: “Over the last ten years, Aedas has grown into one of the largest and most successful international practices, creating a global platform for creative excellence and completing more than 100 projects totalling over 100 million square feet of space.
“We are keen to be active in locations with increasing demand for high rise, high density residential, commercial and infrastructure developments, and recognise the long-term importance of international cities. The market for international design practices is changing as developers become international. Our realignment reflects this change by ensuring we are present in core markets for our global clients.”