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Cinema giant moves architectural work from London to China

Fears over the growing exodus of architectural services from the UK to the Far East have been further fuelled by Warner Brothers' decision to move its London-based design centre to China.

The cinema giant plans to shift its entire cinema construction and design team to Shanghai, a company chief said on Friday (6 January).

From there it will mastermind theatre projects in Italy, Japan and the United States as well as in China itself.

The move exacerbates concerns about the growing number of British practices shipping out their design work - in particular CAD drawing - to Asian countries.

Millard Ochs, president of Warner Brothers International, claimed the decision would lead to closer 'co-operation' between the company and its Chinese partners. It is understood there are plans to increase the number of staff involved in design work from the 12 currently based in Shanghai.

The company's London office was unavailable for comment.

by Richard Waite

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