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431 Architecture unveiled

Architects forge alliance to strengthen bidding prospects

David HunterStride Treglown, Keppie Design and Todd Architects are forming a unique alliance that they believe will help them win significant business.

The new venture, named 431 Architecture, will offer clients access to 18 studios and a team of more than 500 staff across the UK and Ireland.

431 Architecture is not a merger as each practice will continue to operate independently, but they will combine forces when there is an opportunity to offer an enhanced service to new or existing clients. This could include large scale UK-wide projects or frameworks which the practices would not have undertaken on their own.

The Alliance employs more than 500 staff and as an entity would be placed in the top five of the Architects’ Journal’s top 120.

David Hunter (pictured), chairman of Stride Treglown, said: “We are really excited about the prospects for this venture. Our approach and values are very similar, so together this Alliance has the potential to become a really significant presence in UK architecture.”

Martin English, director at Keppie Design said: “We believe that 431 Architecture will open up a new range of business opportunities for us, allowing us to share knowledge and expertise and pool our resources.

“The Alliance will give clients, consultants and contractors a new and exciting option to consider when looking at UK-wide projects or frameworks.”

Paul Crowe, director at Todd Architects added: “The potential for 431 Architecture is to build on the collective expertise and knowledge of our respective practices. I am really looking forward to developing this Alliance, which I strongly believe will help all three practices to grow and diversify.”

Representatives from all three companies involved in 431 Architecture are attending MIPIM 2016 – the international real estate show – in Cannes this week.

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