International giant Gensler has opened a new outpost in Birmingham as part of longer-term plans to create a huge 200-strong office in the city
The ’world’s largest global architect, design and planning practice’ will initially employ 20 staff at the studio in The Custard Factory, Digbeth.
The office will become the headquarters for Gensler’s regional work and the company said that its ambitions were to grow the studio ’to be as big as the London office, which is home to 200 people.’
The office will be led by Alistair Cory who described Birmingham as a ’city on the cusp of a resurgence’.
He said: ’Growth potential is huge, regeneration is well underway and the UK has one of the fastest growing economies in the G7.
‘The Custard Factory lends vibrancy and creativity amidst a melting pot of entrepreneurialism and commerce, providing a platform from which to deliver unparalleled architecture, design and consultation, and to diversify into new industries.’
Cory added: ’Our ambitions are high. We have a robust strategy in place to help us grow significantly over the next five years.’
The news comes just weeks after a survey of cranes on Birmingham’s skyline found that office construction in the city had reached its highest level in 13 years, with more than 90,000m2 of commerical space currently on site (see AJ 08.01.15).