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Keppie looks for partners to bolster Far East growth

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Glasgow-based practice Keppie Design is looking for partners to help it expand into South-east Asia

Keppie has secured 30 projects in China during two-and-a-half years working in the country, and formally opened an office in Hong Kong last spring.

Design director David Ross told AJ that the company was looking to use that office to work in other countries in the region. He said: ‘We have focused our China strategy on jobs outside tier one cities, where we have the skills and resources to make them work.’

‘We have had a wee bit of fair fortune and been in the right place at the right time but we have also worked hard to understand the culture.

We understand the nature of collaborative working and tend to spend time seeking out a partner

He added: ‘I am now interested to see whether we can use the base in Hong Kong to work in Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore.’

Ross said the firm was particularly interested in working with certain US and Danish firms, as well as those in the countries it was targeting.

‘My experience of working overseas is that you need a partner. We understand the nature of collaborative working and tend to spend time seeking out a partner.’

Keppie’s most recent win in China was a mixed-use masterplanning project in Tangshan province for a prominent local developer Jiangsu Chenhui.

The 16,000m² project contains retail, commercial, leisure and residential facilities including luxury villas.   

Ross said the project win convinced him that the practice had ‘hit its stride’ in developing critical relationships with developers in China’s provinces

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