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Hopkins wins at Harvard as overseas work booms

Hopkins Architects has been chosen to overhaul Josep Lluis Sert’s 1960s Holyoke Center at the heart of Harvard University

Working with Massachusetts-based Bruner Cott, it is understood the practice saw off stars including Rem Koolhaas to win the revamp of the Richard A and Susan F Smith Campus Center.

The scheme will include ‘an indoor multi-purpose gathering space’ which can be used for exhibitions, shops, food service, performances, study and events.

Due to complete in 2016, the project is part of a wider ‘common spaces’ initiative by the Ivy League University to ensure its ‘physical spaces foster the campus’s intellectual, cultural and social experience’.

Meanwhile trading figures released by Hopkins last week showed an increase in overseas work, in partcular in the Middle East, as it returned to profit.

The 96-strong practice, which designed the Velodrome for the 2012 Olympic Games, revealed a £461,301 profit in its results for the year to 31 March 2013. In 2012 Michael Hopkin’s company announced a loss of £577,000.

Overall turnover was up from £8million to £9.71million, with work outside Europe accounting for nearly £4million of fee income - a rise of more than £2.2million comapred with the previous 12 months.

Hopkins members said in a statement: ‘Market conditions have continued to be challenging in both the UK and Western Europe. Workload has however improved in the Middle East, which has helped the group as a whole.

‘Our office in Dubai has made good progress this year where we have increased resource to meet new demand in the region, and seen the re-activation of projects that have been on hold.’

The regional office is now working on schemes across the eastern hemisphere.

‘In addition to work in the UAE we are now servicing projects in both Turkey and Japan from Dubai.’ said the members.

Hopkins said it hoped to continue to benefit from its work on the London 2012 venue.

‘Worldwide opportunities for sports projects continue following the success of our London 2012 Velodrome, including stadia and velodrome projects in the Middle and Far East,’ the members said.

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