Aedas split means greater GCC focus


 Architect giant Aedas has split in two with its UK and Hong Kong divisions parting ways and its recent offshoot AHR taking the strengthening its business in GCC

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

 Marcus Wilkins, formerly a director in the UK, will be leading the AHR office in Dubai.  He has worked as an international design director and manager for the region and is currently designing a healthcare project in Dubai. 


 “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 the Middle East, 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. The Cleveland Clinic, a $1.5bn medical facility in Abu Dhabi jointly worked on by  AHR and  Aedas staff is due to open next year.

 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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