23rd August 2016


Eastside Locks: a major contribution to Birmingham’s regeneration

Millions of pounds worth of investment has been committed to impressive regeneration projects all around the city of Birmingham. These include the Aukett Swanke Eastside Locks master plan, The Joseph Priestley Building, 8 Cardigan Street and the renovation of Belmont Works.

This £450 million canalside regeneration scheme is billed as the most “exciting and important city centre regeneration scheme in Europe”. It will transform a 13 acre site into apartments, a 175 room hotel as well as shops, bars and restaurants.

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5th August 2016


First page of the original 'Job Book’ from 1955


Our contribution to modern London offices

Last month  there was an interesting article in London’s Evening Standard (Robert Bevan, 21 July) that highlighted Aukett Swanke’s contribution to modern London offices.

Whilst the general public may not have come across our name in relation to London’s skyline, we are certainly known in the commercial market for being an intrinsic part of its modern day development and streetscape.

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 28th June 2016  


It is right to be concerned but now is not the time to panic

Residency rules, lack of political leadership and a slowing economy. Problems from the Brexit fallout are piling up but the UK’s world economy status will eventually pull us through' says Aukett Swanke’s Nicholas Thompson


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17th May 2016


How Dubai's World Trade Centre sold the city to the world 

Two of the iconic buildings designed by studios that form part of the Aukett Swanke global group are featured in this article in The Guardian (Stories of cities series).

The World Trade Centre (left) was designed by John R Harris & Partners and Etisalat HQ (right) was designed by Middle East Chairman, Philip Logan of Shankland Cox.

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17th May 2016  


Major Berlin regeneration project commences

Work has now begun on the Mercedes Platz construction project in Berlin-Friedrichshain following the appointment of Hochtief as general contractor. 

Our associate company, Aukett+Hesse was last year appointed to work on the Design and Building Permit and will now be working with Hochtief to provide the detailed design and working drawings.

The $230m project, located in front of the 17,000-capacity Mercedes-Benz arena in East Berlin, aims to become “the vibrant heart of this dynamically growing urban quarter”.

Aukett+Heese have previously partnered with Hochtief on several other successful projects in Berlin such as the Opern Carree-Hotel de Rome, and Park Kolonnaden, Potsdamer Platz.

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11th April 2016


Aukett Swanke masterplan secures 20% site density uplift 

Our design competition winning revision to the original masterplan at Green Park, Reading has increased site density by 500,000sqft. 

Oxford Properties appointed us to revise and refresh the original 2.3m sqft Foster + Partners masterplan, and consented outline planning application.

Unanimously endorsed by three councils, this is a major step forward for future development to accommodate growth potential in the Reading and Thames Valley region. 

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10th March 2016


Green light for further regional development

The latest phase of Birmingham's new Eastside Locks development, Belmont Works, has received planning permission. This currently derelict building will be configured for small- to medium-sized companies and graduate enterprises associated with the nearby University and wider design sector of Birmingham.

With the proposed HS2 station located alongside the development, people will change the way they enter the city and this vibrant mixed-use urban quarter will become a new centre for the UK’s second city.

Working with developers Goodman UK, we are currently delivering 2 further buildings within the Eastside Locks development.

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3rd March 2016


Breathing new life into the city

'Our project for Orchard Street Investments in London epitomises the benefits that recycling an existing building can bring. One year on from practical completion the building is now 100% let - testament to the appeal of the completed product.' - writes Nick Myall in World Architecture News

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 19th February 2016  


Regional work expands: Cambridge's new start-up hub

Today we break ground on a prestigious £20 million innovation centre at the Cambridge Science Park. Commissioned by Park owner Trinity College, Cambridge, the Sir John Bradfield Centre is named after the biologist, entrepreneur and former senior bursar who founded Cambridge Science Park, the first Science Park in Europe. The project has received government funding by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, which is contributing £4.8 million as part of its pledge to invest in the UK’s Life Science industry.

The Bradfield Centre is one of several of our on-going projects designed to further the UK’s knowledge economy. These include the Molecular Science Research Hub for Imperial College, White City, West London, our scheme for BioMed Realty at Granta Park, Cambridge and our recently consented Innovation Centre at the Harwell Campus, near Oxford.

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 11th February 2016


Aukett Swanke expands in UAE with acquisition of Shankland Cox Limited

We are pleased to announce that we have acquired the entire share capital of Shankland Cox Limited (“SCL”), a well established firm of architects and engineers operating throughout the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”). 

Nicholas Thompson says:

“With this acquisition we are taking a further step forward in implementing the development strategy which we have outlined in recent reports. We have been seeking to augment our Middle East offering for some time.  The addition of SCL to our operation is therefore significant.  It demonstrates our long term commitment to the region and creates an enterprise of 146 staff making us a major player in the UAE professional services market."

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 5th February 2016


Financial Times article features our project at 62 Buckingham Gate, Victoria

'Royal connections attract international buyers to Victoria"

The recently completed building for Land Securities at 62 Buckingham Gate, Victoria London SW1 forms part of the area that has been dubbed the “Royal Quarter”, where developers have set their sights set on creating a new London district — with the residents of nearby Buckingham Palace central to the appeal.

The opportunity to rub shoulders with the monarchy doesn’t arise very often, and this has encouraged buyers from the Middle East, Hong Kong and China.

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3rd February 2016


More acquisitions in Aukett Swanke's plans

Dave Rogers of Building writes:

Aukett Swanke has said it wants to continue its acquisition strategy of recent years and is eyeing those firms which can reduce its exposure to construction’s peaks and troughs.

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29th January 2016


Aukett Swanke Group - profits up 33.6%

Aukett Swanke Group posted  pre-tax profits of GBP1.9m for the year ended 30 September, 33.6% up on last time. 

A report issued by finnCap analysts reiterated Aukett Swanke Group PLC’s (LON:AUK) price target of 11p. This indicates the broker now believes there is a potential increase of 62.96% from Aukett Swanke Group PLC’s current price of 6.75.

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26th January 2016


Berlin's largest shopping mall, Phase I complete

Aukett + Heese, our associate partner in Germany, has completed the first phase of the refurbishment of Berlin's largest shopping centre, The Gropius Passagen, has opened.

The focus of the newly designed centre is fashion and lifestyle; and has attracted, international brands such as Tiger, Pandora, Kiko, Skechers, Calzedonia and Hallhuber to open in the first 15 units.

The second, 80,000sqm phase, is due for completion in 2018.

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20th January 2016  


Land Securities achieve 100% occupancy

Land Securities have announced that 62 Buckingham Gate, their landmark office building in London’s Victoria, has achieved 100% occupancy.

With circa 38,000sqm of office and retail space this 12 storey building, designed in conjunction with Pelli, Clark Pelli, provides an inspirational working environment; a dynamic and striking architectural statement that continues Victoria’s renaissance.

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18th December 2015


Aukett Swanke now 6th largest UK practice

Aukett Swanke has been placed at 51, up from 53 last year, in Building Design’s 2016 World Architecture 100, the annual survey of the world’s largest practices ranked by the number of fee-earning architects they employ.

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14th December 2015


Germany continues with development recovery

Our associate office AUKETT + HEESE Berlin, have been appointed by BAM Deutschland to prepare working drawings for a portal building and the 110m high WINX tower with a gross floor area of around 60,000sqm, the last phase of the Main-Tor district in Frankfurt.

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19th November 2015  


Growing regional development

Our client, M&G Real Estate, has instructed the construction phase of a 18,600sqft office builing in Reading. This is the sister building to 1 Forbury Place, which has been let to the UK energy supplier SSE.

These buildings reflects the shift in development activity from the capital to key regional cities such as Reading.

Aukett Swanke has a substantial track record, both historic and current, in these regional markets. At present the practice has in excess of 1.3 million sqft being actively developed by a range of high profile institutional developers.

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18th November 2015


UK Property Awards: Winner

Our Associate Office CODA Architect's project for the new £70m ward block at the Bristol Royal Infirmary has won the The Best Public Service Building South West Award at the UK Property Awards

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29th October 2015


CEO view on the market: turning point

'Wobble levels off as architects' confidence holds up'

Nicholas Thompson quoted in BDonline article

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21st October 2015


City icon gets new tenant

Aukett Swanke has been retained by successive owners of this Grade 1 star listed building in the City, The Royal Exchange.

Leica Camera Ltd has announced that it will open a second London-based store at the premium shopping destination, in the heart of the City of London, on Monday 5 October 2015.

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 9th October 2015    


Tishman Speyer letting

Tishman Speyer, which has a 100 million sqm global portfolio, has let 30,677sqft in one of the recently completed buildings adjacent to Land Securities development at Victoria Circle.

VerdeSW1 represents 1 of only 4 developments by this global fund in the UK. The development in Bressenden Place comprises 282,000 sq ft of office space and a 20,000 sq ft ‘park in the sky’ across six roof gardens.

Property Week understands the international chain Pret a Manger, which is majority owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint, is under offer to take the 30,677sqft of the development as a new HQ, as well as the ground floor cafe.

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22nd September 2015


Top 150 Consultants

We are very pleased to have been placed at 19 in Building’s Top 150 Consultants

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28th August 2015  


Letting recovery in the South East

As one of the biggest ever office lets in Reading town centre and one of the biggest in the Thames Valley in the last decade, our project for M&G at 1 Forbury Place is now completely let prior to completion.

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31st July 2015


Our Hemel Hempstead project for Dacorum Council and Endurance Estates, starts on site

On 30 July, the Mayor of Dacorum Borough Council lead a sod cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction for The Forum, a new building for the Council Offices, Library, Registry and Police Offices.

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31st October 2015


New office deals take 62 Buckingham Gate to 96% let

Land Securities announced today that they have let a further 50,000 sq ft at 62 Buckingham Gate, SW1, taking the building to 96% let.

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18th June 2015  


Birmingham City University secures new base at Eastside Locks

It was announced today that Birmingham City University have secured a deal with our clients, Property Group Goodman, to continue the expansion of its campus into the Eastside Locks district of Birmingham.

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17th June 2015


Discussion: Interim Results - June 2015

Nicholas Thompson, Chief Executive Officer discusses the interim results and the acquisition of John R Harris & Partners.

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31st January 2015


Discussion: Final Results for the Year to 30 September 2014

Nicholas Thompson, Chief Executive Officer discusses the full year results for a period which saw profits before tax up 155% to £1.4 million and the acquisition and integration of Swanke Hayden Connell Europe Limited, with Julian Smith of BBR Media.

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10th January 2015


Announcement of final audited results for the year ended 30 September 2014

Aukett Swanke Group Plc (the “Group”), the international group of architects and interior designers, announces its final audited results for the year ended 30 September 2014.


  • Revenue up 106% to £17,326,000 (2013: £8,406,000)
  • Profit before tax up 155% to £1,400,000 (2013: £550,000)
  • Earnings per share up to 0.65p (2013: 0.26p)
  • Net assets increased to £5,053,000 from £3,029,000
  • Net funds of £1,778,000 (2013: £1,080,000)
  • Return to two annual dividends

Nicholas Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Aukett Swanke commented:

“The 2014 results have shown the promise that the new ‘Aukett Swanke’ brand can create. We see 2015 as a year of opportunity to continue on our growth strategy”.

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28th August 2014  


Beverley Wright joins Aukett Swanke

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Beverley Wright as Group Finance Director with effect from 15th September 2014.

Beverley has over 25 years of finance experience within construction and engineering firms and has significant experience in senior financial roles for international companies. She is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the ICAEW.

Following 16 years at Mowlem plc, formerly one of the largest construction and civil engineering companies in the United Kingdom, Beverley joined Midas Group Ltd. in 2005 as Group Finance Director. She then moved to CH2M HILL in 2006 as Commercial and Financial Director Europe, becoming International Commercial Director in 2013. CH2M HILL is a global leader in full-service engineering, construction and operations with over 26,000 employees.

Duncan Harper has agreed to remain with the Group for a further four weeks from 15th September 2014 so as to ensure an orderly hand over to Beverley, following which, as previously announced, his resignation will become effective.

Commenting on today’s appointment, Nicholas Thompson, Chief Executive of Aukett Swanke, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Beverley to the Board. She brings a wealth of commercial experience to Aukett Swanke along with significant financial expertise both in the UK and internationally. Beverley will be a valuable addition to the Executive team as we pursue our growth objectives.”

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17th June 2014


Discussion: Interim Results 31st March 2013

Nicholas Thompson, Chief Executive Officer is pleased to announce the interim results for the six month period ended 31 March 2013.

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