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Broadway Malyan snaps up Chilean architects

Broadway Malyan’s has snaffled up Chilean architectural outfit Antonio Prado Arquitectura Comercial as part of its South America expansion drive

The AJ100 big hitter has collaborated with the 11-strong architecture and interior design practice based in Santiago, Chile since 2010 and hopes the purchase will help it tap into the country’s surging economy.

Over the last 12 months Chile’s GDP has risen 4.1 per cent.

Broadway Malyan has made no secret of its strategy to grow its business across Latin America, opening an office in São Paulo in 2011 before bagging a huge city masterplanning project in north-east Brazil last May (see below).

The team in Chile will be headed by Broadway Malyan director Jorge Ponce Dawson, who will continue to lead the practice’s Madrid-based team in Spain, while Antonio Prado will become director of Architecture and lead the local team.

Jorge Ponce Dawson said: ‘Antonio Prado Arquitectura has a strong reputation in the national and regional retail sector, an impressive project portfolio and enviable client base. Our objective is to ensure that our combined team of world-class design experts is the partner of choice for current and new clients in Chile and Spanish-speaking Latin America, as well as the wider region, across a wide range of sectors including masterplanning and mixed use.’

Among the projects in Chile already on the drawing board is the concept design for Portal Bio-Bio - a 70,000m² commercial centre for Cencosud (pictured). Following the purchase of Antonio Prado Arquitectura Commercial, the practice’s client portfolio will be expanded with the addition of Ripley, one of Chile’s largest department store operators, Banca Ripley, GES Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Movistar, Telepizza and Forever 21.

Previous story (AJ 28.05.2012)

Broadway Malyan’s South American dream takes shape

Broadway Malyan is seeking more work across South America after securing a masterplanning project in north-east Brazil

Director Margarida Caldeira told AJ that the UK-headquartered practice was seeking work across the continent from the office it opened in Sao Paulo last year.

Broadway Malyan was ranked 12th in this year’s AJ100 and had a fees income in excess of £25 million from overseas work in 2012.

Its masterplan for Convida Suape in Brazil has been officially launched by client Moura Dubeux Engineering and Cone S/A.

The city will be a sustainable urban extension of Cabo de Santo Agostinho in the state of Pernambuco.

A 470 ha area will be transformed to accommodate up to 100,000 people under the designs, which were drawn up from Broadway Malyan’s São Paulo, Lisbon and London offices.

The scheme promotes a compact urban model for walkability and sustainable access to learning, healthcare and employment.

Convida Suape will be built in four phases with 10 distinct neighbourhoods providing 25,000 new homes as well as busines, health, education and leisure activities.

Caldeira said: ‘We are working across many sectors in Brazil, particularly in masterplanning. We are already working in areas that will be affected by the Rio Olympics in 2016 and hope to win more such projects along the way.

‘But we are also working in Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Peru and hope to expand further into these countries.’

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