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Celebrating The Buchan Group’s move to a new studio in Shanghai

07-20-2017 10:04 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: The Buchan Group

In a ceremony presided over by the Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner and Deputy Consul-General (Commercial) Richard Coote, the new studio, located on the seventh floor of Shanghai’s prestigious Intercontinental Business Centre in the heart of Zha Bei’s commercial and business hub, officially opened with a ribbon cutting.

“This is an exciting move for us as we promote Buchan’s international portfolio of design led projects to Chinese companies,” said Edward Cassidy, head of the Shanghai studio.

“Shanghai is often compared to Melbourne as a business, financial and cultural city. Our new space is inspired by our Melbourne studio with a modern style accentuated by natural light and designed to maximise collaboration with each other and with our clients.”

Buchan has already found success with recent design projects CapitaLand Wuhan and Raffles City Chengming in China, as well as shaping some of the world’s largest retail-led mixed-use developments including Westfield London, Westfield Stratford which was completed for the London Olympics in 2012 and Chadstone Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere.

The team in the Shanghai studio work closely with the firm’s Australian and London offices to assist clients based in Asia with concept design work for the firm’s retail and mixed use clients, as well as assisting Asia-based clients with their domestic architectural design needs.
Buchan’s CEO Andries Meyer has championed the studio’s change and relocation.

"Acting on advice that the Intercontinental was the right place to be based, we have invested in a workspace that our people value, but also a space suitable for hosting design workshops and presentations for our clients," said Meyer.

Afterwards, the guests enjoyed a gourmet Australian Chinese bbq in the large garden terrace of the building.

“We all went downstairs and were mesmerised by the beauty and its potential of our new facilities,” said Cassidy.

“We were also joined by Mr Bob Xu of Austrade and Buchan’s valued alliance partners Nikken Sekkei.

“It was a great evening and we were pleased to celebrate with our clients, friends and colleagues.”

With 126 years of design excellence, The Buchan Group has a vast global reach extending across studios in the United Kingdom, China, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. With almost 400 professionals, the firm is recognised for its design excellence and depth of experience in retail, residential, hotels, mixed use, leisure and commercial developments.

The Group’s projects include: Wuhan 1818 (Wuhan, China), Sheraton Melbourne (Australia), Emporium Melbourne (Australia), Cloisters on Hay (Perth, Australia), Christchurch Art Gallery (New Zealand), Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City (United Kingdom), Chadstone Shopping Centre (Melbourne, Australia), DiverCity Tokyo Plaza (Japan), The Emerald (Melbourne, Australia) and Raffles City Chengdu (Chengdu, China).

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