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Mecanoo expands Manchester office

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Dutch practice Mecanoo is set to expand its Manchester office

The Delft-headquartered practice, which is headed up by 2014 AJ Woman Architect of the Year Francine Houben, has said it is ‘strengthening its operations in Manchester’ and the move ‘signals a deeper commitment to the UK’.

The expanded office will be led by partner Francesco Veenstra. He commented: ‘International experience and local presence, fresh thinking and new ideas are embraced here in Manchester and the North West. We have found being based locally is essential to allow for a strong client engagement and collaboration. The North West has become a second home to Mecanoo.’

Houben added: ‘Mecanoo’s design approach is based on observing people in different cities, in different climates and cultures, anticipating unpredictable change. We aim to create identity in a world of globalization. With this approach we hope to continue our contribution to buildings and public space in the UK.’

The office is currently working on the Manchester Engineering Campus Development, Oldham’s Coliseum, and private-rented homes in Hulme, and its HOME project is set to complete in May 2015.  

The practice, which also has offices in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Washington DC, adds its name to the raft of architects expanding in the North West. Earlier this year Hawkins/Brown, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Stride Treglown all announced they were set to open Manchester offshoots.

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