London-headquartered practice Terry Farrell and Partners has opened its first office in mainland China – and could set up more before the end of the year
The company, which has been operating in China from its Hong Kong office since 1995, opened its doors in Shanghai just before Christmas.
A spokesman said increasing competition for work in the fast-developing country made it important for TFP Farrells to have bases in other cities.
‘We have always worked with local design institutes in China, but are now finding that clients prefer their architects to have a base in the city of work,’ he said.
‘We have an office in Shanghai and the director there is recruiting local staff as well as bringing some over from Hong Kong.’
The practice said the headcount of the office would be determined by workload, but that it was already receiving ‘a good level and quality of enquiries’.
TFP is also considering setting up office in Beijing, where it has a dedicated member of staff but no building, and elsewhere in China.
‘It is possible we will open an office in Beijing this year,’ said the spokesman. ‘Beyond that it is a bit early to say.’
TFP designed the world’s tallest building, the KK100 in Shenzhen, and is closing in on a deal to build an even taller tower in Beijing as part of a new central business district.
It was also behind the China National Petroleum Headquarters in Beijing; the BEA Financial Tower and The Summit in Shanghai; and high-speed rail termini at Beijing South Station and Guangzhou South Railway Station.