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Holder Mathias eyes fresh Ukraine work

London and Cardiff-based Holder Mathias is set to pursue opportunities in crisis-hit Ukraine

The practice, which completed work on a leisure project in Dnipropetrovsk before Christmas, has been asked to look at other opportunities in the country.

Ukraine’s government was overthrown at the end of February, leading to extreme tensions in the Crimea region on the Russian border where a Moscow-backed referendum overwhelmingly backed a split from the country.

But Holder Mathias senior partner Peter Gamble told the AJ he was keen to explore the possibilities for future work.

‘I have just received an email asking us to go over and talk about some schemes in the Ukraine,’ he said.

‘Our work in the Ukraine started after the orange revolution when the country started on a more Western path. It seems to have slowed recently as that path became less certain.

‘But I have always heard optimism from clients that the country will move towards a more stable business environment.’

Gamble said he would consult Foreign Office advice before flying to the Ukraine but hoped to be able to do so.

The practice specialises in leisure schemes and believes opportunities could increase if the country modernises.

London-based Robin Monotti Architects told AJ last week it waswaiting to hear whether its own Ukraine scheme would survive the political turmoil in the country

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