Peter Ridley, formerly of Foster & Partners, has been picked up by global giants Atkins as part of its mission to exploit the ‘staggering’ potential of work in China
The ex-Foster’s partner joins Atkins, which is casting its net for a raft of new top-level names, as a senior design director to bolster the company’s Beijing design team.
Gareth Kirkwood, managing director for Atkins in mainland China, said: ‘We have an outstanding portfolio of ongoing projects, and Peter, with his wealth of design and business experience, is a welcomed addition.’
Ridley said: ‘The opportunity to contribute to the evolution of the company in such a vibrant market place was a very strong draw.
‘The potential for designers really is staggering, as there has been a seismic shift in emphasis in China towards low-carbon architecture and planning.”
He joins a team of 300 split between Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen that will focus on architecture, design and masterplanning and urban landscaping.
The company’s wide-ranging portfolio includes the Sonjiang Hotel and Xi’an Airport – at five square kilometres the biggest in China’s north-west region – which are both under construction.
During his 10-year F&P partnership, Ridley worked on UK and foreign projects, including the Palace of Peace in Kazakhstan and Imperial College business school in London.