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RIBA invites practices on Chinese trade mission

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RIBA is to run a trade mission to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chongqing and Chengdu

The association is seeking practices to join the trip, which will be led by president Angela Brady.

Several UK practices have found a lifeline in China during the catastrophic slowdown in the European construction market.

Although the country’s economy is slowing, it still reported year-on-year GDP growth of 7.7 per cent in the first three months of 2013. A recent report from property firm CBRE found that seven of the eight most active cities for shopping centre development were in China.

The RIBA mission will include a programme of business matching organised by UK Trade and Investment.

RIBA head of international Marcus Deeley said: ‘Western China is a hugely exciting market full of potential but also some risks.

‘This fully supported mission aims to help our members learn more about the market and meet potential clients in a structured and efficient way.’

He added that RIBA architects were highly regarded in China for their ‘creativity and technical ability’.

RIBA’s latest survey of chartered practices showed that a fifth of UK practices’ income came from projects outside the UK. This leapt to over a third for large practices.

Those interested in joining the mission should contact Emma Livingston-Jones on Emma.livingston-Jones@riba.org or phone 0207 307 3681.

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