Woods Bagot has opened a studio in Singapore together with local practice Forum Architects
The company now has offices in 16 cities including London, New York, Sydney, Dubai and Hong Kong.
Its Singapore studio will be led by principal Neil Salton, who has lived in Singapore since 2008 and delivered a number of projects in the region.
He will work with Forum Architects director Tan Kok Hiang to grow the studio to meet client needs.
‘Singapore is a crucial market for us for two reasons,’ said Salton.
‘Many corporates are attracted to the potential cost savings of using Singapore as a location for their regional headquarters, as well as the opportunity to transform their working environments.
‘Second, we see Singapore as a key hub for our work throughout South East Asia.’
The firm is currently working on seven high-rise projects in Jakarta – including the Telkom Landmark Tower – that will be supported from the Singapore studio.
Knight Frank research shows rents in Singapore are more than a third cheaper than in Hong Kong and the city is attracting firms looking for an Asian hub.
AJ reported earlier this year that the construction industry in Singapore would grow by the equivalent of almost 5 per cent per year up to 2016, according to analysis.