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Baca to set up Dutch office to combat Brexit blues

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London-based flood-risk specialist Baca Architects is to set up an office in the Netherlands to overcome commercial and staffing issues caused by Brexit

The practice says it has seen a ‘dramatic’ reduction in project enquiries from overseas since the UK voted to leave the European Union.

It also said it had also lost a number of ’very good’ and ‘skilled’ staff members who had headed back to mainland Europe in the past year – mainly because of worries over their long-term citizenship.

Baca said it had been looking to join up with a Dutch practice and was now in talks with an unnamed partner firm in the Netherlands.

Practice director Richard Coutts said: ‘Typically we received two or three serious enquires from Europe each quarter.

‘Since last June we have seen this number diminish dramatically. We know these enquires are out there - the company we have identified to merge with is [still] getting these calls.

‘Resilience is a core part of our companies philosophy, and with the UK likely to leave the single market, we want to make sure that we can cater to European markets and beyond.’

In terms of retaining talent, Coutts added: ’Our office has always been pro-collaboration, and our success has been built by employing the best and the brightest from all over the world.

‘The Dutch office would offer a home for our staff who enjoy working with us but for who London is no longer a viable option.’

Last month Amanda Levete’s London-based practice AL_A scotched rumours that it was planning to set up an outpost in France to mitigate against the ‘threat’ of Brexit.

A spokesperson said: ‘At present AL_A has no firm plans to open an office in Paris, however we would not rule out opening a local office at some point to service our project for Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann.

‘AL_A remains committed to the values of pan-European collaboration and to providing reliable, stable employment for our multinational staff.’

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  • Baca is yet another firm where the architects all stick 'ARB' after their names, as if this is some sort of qualification - when in fact it simply implies that they think that describing themselves as architects is not good enough, and it could even be construed as indicating that they're members of the ARB itself.
    When is the Architects' Registration Board going to put a stop to the nonsense of encouraging architects to choose one of the three approved versions the 'ARB' logo after their names, as if they think that it's some sort of trademark?
    It is not a qualification, or a title - it's the acronym for the government's independent authority to regulate the profession and ensure that only people who are are qualified architects and have registered with the ARB and pay an annual fee are entitled to call themselves architects - and that's all it is.
    It's entitlement to call yourself an architect that matters, and you can't be a member of a government quango unless you've been appointed to the Board.

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