Will Alsop has brought at least 10 projects to RMJM, including a residential sector for Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and subway stations in Canada, wrested from his former outfit, Alsop Sparch
This contradicts reports that Alsop has failed to bring in work in his first year at the practice.
Alsop’s haul includes six new underground stations on Toronto’s Spadina Subway extension in Canada – an Alsop Sparch project until going into administration two months ago – and a £300 million public realm and housing scheme featuring seven buildings in Haikou on Hainan Island in China (pictured above).
The Haikou project involves the same client, He Bin Wu, general manager of the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal (AJ 25.11.10), who approached Alsop for the terminal in 2002.
It is also rumoured that Alsop will take the Puddle Dock Hotel at Blackfriars to RMJM.
Alsop confirmed winning a job to design public realm for a 1km-long canal stretch on Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. ‘We’re doing the masterplan here. We may pick up some buildings at a later stage.’
Alsop added that he is continuing to work on a masterplan for Chongqing, China,equal to the size of Canary Wharf and featuring, at 650 metres each, the world’s tallest twin towers.
Alsop has won residential schemes in Budapest and Bratislava and pod buildings at the Queen Mary Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, London, since joining RMJM.
He said: ‘I’m delighted with what Scott Lawrie and I have achieved in opening up a brand new office and I’m very happy with the vast variety of projects that we’ve got.’
Lawrie said: ‘Will and I worked shoulder to shoulder the past year to generate this new pipeline of projects.’
Peter Morrison, chief executive of RMJM, commending Alsop for projects won, described the architect as a ‘tremendously valuable asset to the firm’.