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van Heyningen and Haward wins Belgium college job

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London-based practice van Heyningen and Haward Architects has secured its first job outside the UK

The 30-year-old firm scooped the competition to design College O L V ten Doom in Belgium.

Working with local practice SMAK and Bath-based Macgregor Smith, van Heyningen and Haward will redevelop the 3,500-pupil secondary school.

The project win is the first stage in the practice’s plan to grow abroad.

VHH partner James McCosh told AJ: ‘We are going to try to increase our turnover from overseas over the next two to three years because the UK market is saturated.

‘We are working with UK Trade & Investments on an export plan.’

The Belgium scheme will involve a masterplan for the historic campus; design of a new 4,600m² teaching and entrance building; and refurbishment of a 1960s building.

VHH has completed designs to the approximate equivalent of the UK’s stage C, but with full costings.

Construction work is due to start on site in November 2014 with full completion in December 2016.


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