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Axis Design Collective, working with Celine Hynes, has been commissioned by the Birmingham Irish Community Forum to carry out a study for the development of the Irish Quarter in central Birmingham, south of the Bull Ring markets area. The Irish community is one of the longest established groups in Birmingham. Axis architect Joe Holyoak, in charge of the project, says Axis will be 'talking to as many people as we can'. For further information contact Holyoak on 020 7236 1726.

Aukett Europe has scooped the commission to design Oracle's new 28,000m2 headquarters in Paris (above). The £35 million building will be located in Rueil Malmaison on the western edge of Paris and will feature two seven- storey buildings linked by a glazed atrium. The computer company competition win came as the London-based practice changed its name from Aukett Associates to Aukett Europe to reflect its 10-country European office network. There has also been a top level shake-up at the practice following the retirement of chairman Gerry Deighton. Former managing director Andrew Lett has been promoted to chairman of Aukett Europe and John Thake has taken over as managing director.

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