PLP is to open its first permanent office in the Middle East ahead of an anticipated increase in workload in the region
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The London-based practice has registered premises in the Qatari capital Doha to service projects in the country.
The firm, formed in 2009, is working on a number of projects in the Middle East including buildings for Doha’s new port.
PLP president Lee Polisano told AJ: ‘We have always had a reasonable amount of work in the Middle East and this will reinforce our presence.
‘We have one or two projects in Qatar and an expectation that we will have a few others in the near future.’
Polisano said the office was likely to grow to a headcount of ’10 or 12’ through a mixture of local appointments and staff transfers from the UK.
Qatar is gearing up to host the 2022 World Cup and has been highlighted as a boom market for UK architects.
The country was described last year by HOK London chief Barry Hughes as the ‘premiership’ of building design.