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New Year welcomes new tide of mergers

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The new year has opened with a surge in practice mergers with Newcastle-based GWK joining public sector-specialists ADP and Roger Wenn Partnership’s architects moving to Clague

Now with 98 architects on the payroll, the AJ100 top 20-ranked practice ADP has linked up with GWK to tap into education sector opportunities in the north.

GWK’s studio will become ADP’s sixth office while its director Charles Greenall has joined ADP as an equity partner.

Roger FitzGerald of ADP’s London office (pictured), explained: ‘There has been a trend towards practices becoming bigger in order to win larger contracts and to provide greater geographic coverage.

‘GWK is a relatively small practice of 10 or 12 staff and weren’t able to win bigger projects and we weren’t able to win the same projects because we weren’t on the clients’ doorstep – if you put those things together you solve both those problems with one swoop.’

ADP has also merged with a small Indian practice to establish a new office in Delhi. Managed by UK trained staff, the studio will deliver an ‘ADP quality service’, according to FitzGerald, aimed at meeting the region’s ‘massive’ expansion plans in the health and educational sectors.

Elsewhere, Canterbury-based Clague Architects has merged with the in-house architectural team from Roger Wenn Partnership. The enlarged practice will continue to focus on historic building work and master planning. Andrew Clague predicted the move would ‘strengthen the design capabilities’ of the studio.

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