Ex RMJM trio to set up new Dubai office


Former RMJM employees Tony Kettle, Colin Bone and David Tripney have set up a new design house, Kettle Collective, with plans to create a Dubai office.

Focusing on architecture, but also providing urban, interior and product design, Kettle Collective has set up its head office in Edinburgh, but is also in the process of establishing a studio in Dubai which will act as a hub, providing links to key markets in the Middle East and Russia.

During his time at RMJM, Tony Kettle was instrumental in leading the design of the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland and Lakhta Tower, the new 456-metre tall headquarters for the Russian oil giant Gazprom in St Petersburg, which will soon be the tallest building in Europe.


David Tripney spent 20 years in Dubai, latterly overseeing the sale of his former company Holford Associates to Hyder Consulting, and was responsible for the delivery of the delivery including Mall of the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Colin Bone spent five years at RMJM, most recently heading up the European Studio as managing principal, with a focus on opening up new markets such as Bahrain, Qatar, Russia, and Eastern Europe.

Commenting on the new enterprise, Tony Kettle, design principal, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to establish a new design house in Scotland with an international focus, building on our team’s previous experiences.

“Our UK and Middle East teams will work closely together to deliver high quality projects of all scales, which will continue to challenge the norm.”

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