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Fosters acquires sustainable consultancy

Environmental design consultancy PHA Consult is to join forces with Foster + Partners to develop more sustainable projects, the practice has announced

PHA Consult, founded by Piers Heath and Edward Garrod, and Foster + Partners have come together to provide a ‘comprehensive design service’ to clients.

The two companies have worked alongside each other for several years, with Foster + Partners describing it as a ‘logical step’ to bring together their creative engineers and architects.

A statement said: ‘We believe architects and engineers working together can learn from one another and grow in combined knowledge to deliver better buildings.’

Heath will join the group as a senior partner, while Garrod with his colleagues Anis Abou-Zaki, Scott Smith and Keith Calder will join as partners.

Norman Foster said: ‘We have been embracing a holistic approach to environmental design since the early 1970s, when projects such as the headquarters building for Willis Faber & Dumas and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts brought new thinking to bear on environmental design.

‘In that sense, bringing creative engineering expertise back in-house marks a significant point of return to our roots. Looking ahead, it will allow us to move our creative thinking forward, and that is very exciting.’

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