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Scott Brownrigg expands into America

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Scott Brownrigg has moved into the US market, opening an office on Fifth Avenue in New York

The AJ120 firm has hired Chris Blackadder, principal and head of interior architecture for Woods Bagot to run the new office, which will also recruit an additional two members of staff initially.

The 231-strong practice intends to compete for business in fit-out and workplace interiors across North America, and says it intends to expand to other cities in the USA.

A spokeswoman for Scott Brownrigg told AJ: ‘The New York office will be our North American hub but we will be trying to get work across the region, and will look to open satellite offices as projects develop.’

The office is Scott Brownrigg’s third current operation overseas, along with Singapore and Zagreb. The firm closed its office in Cyprus after a 2013 management buyout.

‘This is a different approach to Singapore,’ the spokeswoman said. ‘We won a project there and opened our office to service it. This time we have taken a different approach –we have opened the office to mark our presence and hope to win business and grow from there.’

Blackadder has worked on office interior projects with clients including Deloitte, Macquarie; Bloomberg; Westfield; Hakkasan, Rockefeller Foundation; Lend Lease, Nokia Siemens Networks; Proctor & Gamble; Diageo; Reckitt Benckiser; Barclays Capital; Marsh McLennan Companies; Jones Lang LaSalle and Bank of America.

Darren Comber, chief executive at Scott Brownrigg said: ‘The opening of our North American hub in New York reflects our strategic expansion plans and our objective for establishing design hubs in major global geographic regions.’

He said that the New York office already has a number of projects in the pipeline, but would not reveal details of these.

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