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PAUL DAVIS AND PARTNERS

UK ARCHITECTURE/ MIPIM 2006

Paul Davis and Partners is a 70-strong London-based practice with an international portfolio, known for skilful integration of contemporary architecture within historic environments and expertise in high-end residential, commercial, civic and mixed-use projects. It has won work in cities as diverse as St Petersburg, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Paul Davis and Partners is enjoying a period of strong growth and development, set to continue with the arrival of Pedro Roos as a partner. Roos has moved to Davis' London office from Cape Town, where he led his own award-winning practice, Kruger Roos.

Having designed a number of award-winning buildings, including Cape Town City Hall, BP's African HQ and a collection of striking contemporary houses, Roos will now apply his urbandesign skills to big projects in the UK and internationally.

In London, Paul Davis and Partners is working on 380 new homes for Ballymore, overlooking Tobacco Dock. Incorporating a section of the historic wall that once surrounded London's docks, the scheme includes a sculpted tower, with a form reminiscent of the great sailing ships that once defined the character of the area.

Work will start shortly on two new gallery projects. In Chelsea, the listed former military headquarters building at Duke of York Square is to be converted to house the Saatchi Gallery, with contemporary additions including a dramatic glazed link, with glass lifts and stair. In Mayfair, Sotheby's is to be extended, with new galleries and boardrooms, within and above the existing listed 18th-century buildings.

Paul Davis and Partners' reputation for high-end residential projects has led to a successful collaboration with one of New York's top interior designers, Thierry Despont. Together they are working on a number of high-quality residential projects in central London, including the conversion of the listed former Red Cross headquarters for developers Blackstone and Retreat.

The practice works with many of the landed estates, and is taking a major role in the Great Estates Exhibition, from March to May at the Building Centre.

A recent international award from the Pan European Federation for Heritage, Europa Nostra, recognised the practice's achievement in converting a listed church in central London to new public use as a concert hall. Cadogan Hall now provides a permanent home for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

In Hong Kong, the practice has designed a 48-storey tower for developers Grosvenor and Asia Standard. To be built on a mountainside site overlooking Castle Peak Bay, it includes duplex apartments with double-height balconies, above a podium that is landscaped to blend into the mountainside, and accommodates a hotel-style reception, clubhouse facilities, an infinity-edge pool and a dramatic cantilevered viewing platform.

Contact: Paul Davis (chairman) or Andrew Davidson (partner), Paul Davis & Partners, The Old School House, 178 Ebury Street, London SW1W 8UP, tel 020 7730 1178, email info@pauldavisandpartners. com, web, www. pauldavisandpartners. com

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