Pringle Brandon in merger talks with Perkins+Will

Jack Pringle with Dubai-based Steven Charlton and Diane Thorsen.

Perkins+Will US international design firm is in discussions to join with London-based Pringle Brandon, which opened an office in Dubai last year.

The London offices would be known as Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will. The combined list of clients would include corporate & commercial, education, healthcare, media, public sector, science & technology, sports & recreation, and transportation.

The partners, Jack Pringle, Chris Brandon, William Poole-Wilson, Fiona Ballance, and Linzi Cassels would continue to lead the combined businesses.

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Pringle Brandon Drew would also operate as Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will. This recently launched practice, offering base build architectural services and strategic advice, is led by former Rafael Vinoly and Foster + Partners architect John Drew.

By joining forces with Pringle Brandon, Perkins+Will would continue its strategic development in talent, services, markets, and geographical presence.

Pringle Brandon and its 90 professionals would benefit from being able to offer existing and potential clients a greater range of services across a wider international field. Perkins+Will provides integrated design services including architecture, interior design, branded environments, and urban design.

Steven Charlton, managing director, Pringle Brandon Middle East, was unable to comment on the merger talks due to legal issues. However, the president and CEO of Perkins+Will, said in a statement: “Pringle Brandon’s stature in corporate interiors, workplace strategy, and more recently architecture, is a compelling complement to Perkins+Will and would enhance our ability to provide local resources to clients throughout Europe.”

“Not least, Pringle Brandon has been a vanguard for transforming sustainable architectural practices in the UK. This kind of enterprising leadership exemplifies our shared commitment to sustainable design, research, and innovation, and is the kind of talent that we’ve had great success integrating and supporting as we grow strategically,” he added.

Jack Pringle, joint founder of Pringle Brandon said, “After two years of expansion and success through the recession, we need to keep developing our practice and we are convinced that Perkins+Will’s combination of design excellence, broad expertise, and ethos of social and environmental responsibility both meshes with who we are and would enable us to take our client offering to an entirely new level.”

Founded 77 years ago and with 21 offices in North America and 24 globally, Perkins+Will was ranked number one in the Architect 50 list by the American Institute of Architects’ Architect magazine

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