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BFLS split: Ian Bogle sets up alone

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BFLS founding director Ian Bogle has announced his departure from the company

Bogle announced his decision on Friday before travelling to MIPIM as chairman of new outfit Bogle Architects.

It is just two years since Hamiltons rebranded as BFLS at the same international property fair in Cannes.

According to Bogle, the split is ‘totally amicable’.

‘This is a new beginning,’ Bogle told the AJ. ‘It is simply the next stage of the evolving company that was once called Hamiltons, with a very positive future.’

Hamiltons was relaunched as 125-strong BFLS (Bogle Flanagan Lawrence Silver) at MIPIM in March 2010.

The rebrand followed a rollercoaster six months that saw founder Tim Hamilton ‘retire’, design guru Robin Partington launch his own firm (AJ 24.09.09) and director Craig Casci set up new practice GRID.

Bogle says he will be retaining all international projects. The company’s holding page is already live and lists studios in London, Prague and Hong Kong.

The AJ understands Bogle Architects has taken 20 staff based in the Prague office and plans to recruit more.

The new practice does not yet have a dedicated London office. Bogle says he will be working closely with BFLS to ease the transition.

On the split, BFLS partner David Lawrence said: ‘We will rebrand, just not at the moment. You can’t use somebody’s name if they’re not there anymore.’

Lawrence said BFLS will retain 55 staff to work on their mainly London-based pipeline of projects. He said BFLS were slightly cautious about the future, but were hoping to add ‘a few more staff’.

BFLS partner Jason Flanagan will stay at BFLS, where he heads up the firm’s cultural work. It recently emerged that BFLS partner John Silver had changed to a consultant role approximately one year ago. PR consultant Robert Torday recently left the company to work for John McAslan and Partners.


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