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Aukett Fitzroy Robinson expansion plans revealed

Aukett Fitzroy Robinson's period of consolidation following last year's merger has come to a dramatic end, with news emerging at MIPIM of an aggressive expansion plan.

The London-based practice has revealed details of a joint venture it has set up with Barcelona-based Alonso Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados.

This represents a concerted effort to take on the Spanish market, which was a serious income earner for Aukett before its shareholder dispute of early 2003.

Speaking at the property fair, company bosses also unveiled proposals to open a third British office.

The Spanish deal reveals a new-found confidence in the practice, following the turbulent period in the run-up to the merger between Aukett and Fitzroy Robinson.

The company's European operations operator Raul Curiel said: 'We believe that Spain represents one of our greatest potential markets in Europe.

'We see the joint venture with Alonso Balaguer y Arquitectos Asociados as an excellent platform for us to enter this active territory. The synergy between the two organisations is excellent, and will create a fruitful and creative partnership,' Raul added.

by Ed Dorrell

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