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NBBJ's UK office grows

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A senior figure at US practice NBBJ has spoken about how it is using experience gained in the UK when working around the world

Helen Dimoff, New York based principal at NBBJ, told AJ the firm was using knowledge from its London office on work in the US and China.

The company, which has studios in 10 cities around the world, is working on schemes for Samsung and Amazon in the US as well as on the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in the UK.

Dimoff said the UK office was growing as a result of this and other recent contract wins.

‘We will be hiring in London, and a few people from Seattle may come to the UK as well,’ she said.

The transfer of knowledge works both ways, she added.

‘We are very lateral in how we work so people move between the UK and US offices frequently.

‘Some of the sustainability measures that are standard practice in the UK are considered innovative in the US. We look to leverage that.’

NBBJ received a grant from the US government to investigate British and European methods of cutting energy use in hospitals.

It is also seeking to use knowledge from both sides of the Atlantic in a push to win healthcare work in China.

‘We are starting to look at the healthcare market in Asia,’ said Dimoff. ‘Projects in the UK and the US inform that work.’

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