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Sheppard Robson scoops huge Masdar job

Sheppard Robson has won a design competition to build a new headquarters for Siemens in Masdar, Abu Dhabi

The practice had opened a new office in the city - the company’s first overseas outpost - to handle the project.

Seeing off tough competition, the Camden-based practice triumphed against some big players already working on the Masdar city development to bag the contract.

Malcolm McGowan, managing partner of Sheppard Robson said: ‘Winning such a significant project that will showcase our expertise in the Middle East has been the ideal launch for our new office.

‘We are actively pursuing opportunities throughout the region and expect to announce another major win in the coming weeks.’

The company has established a ‘young’ studio on the Foster + Partners-masterplanned Masdar campus. The 6 million m² city is designed to be both ‘carbon-neutral’ and ‘zero-waste’, hosting a university and research facilities for future ‘green’ companies.

In March last year it emerged Masdar City was being re-designed following a high-level ‘development strategy review’ of the £15 billion development.

Two Aedas projects were scrapped following the review.

Sheppard Robson’s project will start on site later this year, aiming to complete in December 2012. The scheme is said to be part of the ‘first phase’ of the campus’ development.

In October Systems engineer Siemens announced plans to deliver an ‘innovative power grid’ on the site which will save energy and act as a ‘living’ platform for research and development.

Peter Löscher, Siemens president and chief executive, said: ‘Masdar is a global pioneer in clean tech initiatives. We are proud to be the strategic partner for this groundbreaking project.’

Foster + Partners’ Masdar Institute open its doors to students in November. The practice has yet to reveal images of its redesigned masterplan for the wider development.

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