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Newcastle firms merge to form North East big hitter

Newcastle-based practices Hopper Howe Sadler and Reid Jubb Brown have announced they are to merge to become Sadler Brown Architecture

Kevin Brown, who founded Reid Jubb Brown in 1998 and is a director of the all-new outfit, said: ‘It’s a proper merger rather than a takeover, which is rare. It gives us the experience in housing and regeneration which was strong in the Manchester office, while they will take our strength in transport and one-off housing, or large new country houses.’

Brown said that the new company - hailed as ‘one of the largest’ architectural practices in the region - has already secured work on a new college at Oxford University, a new front of house at the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley and aims to get work on a new city design in India.

The Hooper Howe Sadler name was formed in 2006 when the Bowker Sadler Partnership was involved in a takeover of Bill Hopper Design and the Howe Partnership. The new Sadler Brown group will work out of Milburn House while the Bowker Sadler Partnership will be a partner company in Manchester.

A recent redesign of the Haymarket hub and Metro station was handled by Reid Jubb Brown while Hooper Howe Sadler was involved in the i6 Charlotte Square project off Westgate Road and the restoration of the Turnbull Building.

Last year Reid Jubb Brown won the first planning permission without an appeal for a scheme under the PPS7 ‘contemporary country house’ clause (AJ 02.04.09).

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