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'Significant opportunites' for architects in China says Aedas chief

China will remain a critical market for architects to target in 2013, according to a senior figure.

Aedas Asia chief executive David Roberts said ‘significant opportunities’ lay ahead for UK practices in China.

Rampant construction growth in China has sustained many practices through the lean years of the European economic crisis – but fears have grown of an imminent crash. China saw its year-on-year GDP growth fall to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2012.

However, the chairman of China’s planning agency Zhang Ping told the Communist Party congress in Beijing this month that the economy was stabilising.

And national newspaper China Daily reported senior analysts forecasting significant economic growth in 2013.

Roberts said: ‘The China growth engine still packs a punch and that’s keeping the building industry very much in the ring. There will be significant opportunities ahead.

‘Aedas has made strategic steps during 2011/12 to expand our work and presence in China.’ 

He said the design industry had expanded rapidly in China’s medium-sized cities. 

‘Shanghai and Beijing are not the major focus anymore; we have expanded our architectural design footprint to over 40 cities in China, from Shenzhen in the south all the way to Dalian and Shenyang in the northeast.’

Architects told AJ this summer that measures put in place in China would hail the dawn of a ‘second design boom’ for UK firms.

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