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Marcus Wilkins, who is leading the recently created AHR architecture outfit, has revealed Dubai will be the 'hub' for its operations.

Architect giant Aedas recently split in two with its UK and Hong Kong divisions parting ways and its recent offshoot AHR taking the lead in the GCC.

The AHR banner, which is set to encompass 450 staff, takes over the former UK operation, along with offices in Russia, Poland, Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

A regional office in Dubai was due to open last month to coincide with the "de-merger" announcement but this has now been delayed.


Wilkins, formerly a director in the UK, will be heading the AHR office in Dubai. He has worked as an international design director and manager for the region and is currently designing the Dubai Clinic as part of the City Walks development.

"This is a growth market and it is one we intend to be part of," said Wilkins. "Dubai will become a new hub for our operations."

A total of 13 offices in China, southeast Asia and the US will continue to operate under the Aedas name.

The split will not be purely along geographical lines and the two companies will co-operate on some projects, including ongoing work on the Cleveland Clinic, a medical facility in Abu Dhabi due to open next year. It is likely that AHR will continue to work on design issues, while Aedas staff will oversee the final completion of the $1.5bn project.

The company said the split will allow both companies to work to their respective strengths and move forward in different directions.

Brian Johnson, chairman of AHR said: "We believe that this is a very natural evolution based on how the practice has been operating in recent years."

He emphasised that for clients and staff there will be no obvious changes.

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Publication:Construction Week
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Date:Jul 17, 2014
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