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Emerging practice Mohsin Cooper to set up Indian office

A UK architecture practice launched just 18 months ago is looking to open an office in India this year after bagging a number of projects on the subcontinent

Mohsin Cooper, based in London and Hove, is planning to open a branch in Bangalore to support a growing portfolio of work in India.

Director Abe Mohsin told AJ: ‘We don’t have an office in India at the moment but hope to set one up there in the first half of this year.

‘The Indian market is growing and there are lots of opportunities. Clients want to bring in UK sustainability and town planning experience.’

He added: ‘My business partner Justin Cooper worked in Dubai with an Indian architect called Vasu Dev, who now works for us and has helped us secure work in India.’

The practice is already speaking to two major Indian hotel operators about an eco-tourism scheme it has designed for a landowner 28 km west of Bangalore.

The Banyan eco-hotel and spa (pictured) would include a hotel, restaurant, villas, guest houses, spa and yoga facilities on a 48 ha site.

Mohsin Cooper has also secured three design projects for a textile magnate in Bangalore.

These include producing a masterplan for a staff village to include a hospice, community centre and school as well as accommodation.

An apartment building and a shopping mall are the other two schemes.

Mohsin said the first half of 2011 was tough for the new company, but things had picked up in the second half of the year and the outlook was positive. The practice is recruiting in the UK as well as looking to expand abroad.

‘We don’t want to disregard the UK, we want a mix,’ said Mohsin. ‘We will look to diversify.’

Iraq is one country the practice may look to for work in the future. “There is lots of masterplanning work in the north, and beyond that individual projects.”

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