Aedas has bought up 54-year-old architectural stalwart RHWL together with the Arts Team, its specialist cultural and public building arm
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The acquisition of the 50-strong practice, formerly Renton Howard Wood Levin Architects, comes just six months after Aedas announced it had split. In July last year the AJ100 big-hitter’s hugely profitable Hong Kong business parted from its UK and European arms - the former retaining the Aedas name, with the latter re-emerging under the AHR banner.
The two new units will be known as Aedas RHWL and Aedas Arts Team, and will be headed up by Peter Shaw who will lead the RHWL branch of Aedas and Barry Pritchard will lead the arts team.
RHWL, which has offices in London, Berlin and Doha, is best known for its cultural buildings, having designed the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.
According to Aedas, the merger with stengthen its ‘ability to go after arts and cultural design commissions’.
The Aedas RHWL branch will have offices in London, Berlin and Doha, and will join Aedas’ existing global network of 12 offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.
Aedas chairman Keith Griffiths said: ‘RHWL has strong experience in urban planning and commercial development in London and the UK and is one of the most prominent European arts and culture architects. Aedas RHWL will support our Asian clients and mixed commercial and residential work in London.
‘We are also keen to work on arts and cultural commissions in the expanding Chinese market and will be introducing Aedas Arts Team to this territory.’
Peter Shaw, executive director of Aedas RHWL added: ‘We look forward to further developing our commercial and arts design skills in Europe, and bringing these skills to Asian markets through Aedas’ existing network. We believe the two practices share common values of design quality and delivering a high standard of service to clients, while having a complementary distribution of sector and geographic capability.’