Woods Bagot in landscape recruitment drive

Global design firm looking to expand its urban design services division.

The Middle East branch of global design firm Woods Bagot has said it is looking to expand its landscape team as it widens its scope of work in the region.

The firm, which employs 15 landscape architects at present as part of its Urban Design Services division, is looking to nearly double this number over the next six months, Ken Wallace, senior associate at Woods Bagot told Commercial Outdoor Design in a recent interview.

"We are actively recruiting for Abu Dhabi and Dubai and current projects that we have coming on stream in Bahrain,"? he said.

"I would envisage that we will probably grow to about 25 people in the next six months in landscape architecture across the GCC region,"? he added.

Wallace said that the firm was particularly looking for specialists in resort/hospitality type projects, to complement increasing work in this area.

With offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Bahrain, Woods Bagot offices a range of services under its Urban Design Services division including masterplanning, landscape architecture, and urban design.

The firm has significantly the division over the past of couple of years, growing from around two people at launch to its present count of approximately 35.

Projects the division is working on in the region include Capital Centre Towers, in Abu Dhabi, and the Badrah Community, part of Nakheel's Waterfront in Dubai.

Other services the firm offers include architecture, consulting, interior deign, and project management.

To read the full interview with Ken Wallace, see the September issue of Commercial Outdoor Design.

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