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De Novo starts first major project

A firm set up by three directors who left Aukett last year following the shareholder revolt has started a £16 million office scheme in Leeds - the firm's first major commission.

De Novo Architecture - set up by Stuart McLarty, Jai Sanghera and Gordon McKenzie - has grown to 10 staff just six months after starting up.

McLarty, formerly Aukett's marketing director, was forced out by the revolt last year when Jose Luis Ripoll took over the firm - and he was followed out by his two fellow directors.

But, with the latest project, the trio appears to be back in the big time. The development is the second phase of Leeds Valley Park for international office and business park specialist Akeler Developments.

The scheme comprises two four-storey office buildings, totalling 16,000m², and will feature a series of elevations, all clad in timber.

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