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Cracknell merges with UK landscape practice Parklife

Firm joins forces with UK landscape practice, unveils regional and international expansion plans.

Regional landscape practice Cracknell has merged its London operations with UK practice Parklife.

Under the new arrangement, Parklife will cease to exist as an entity and instead come under the Cracknell name.

Parklife's six employees will join Cracknell bringing the total number of staff in the Cracknell London office to 19. Cracknell employs nearly 200 staff in the UAE.

Commenting on the merger, the first in the company's history, John Wigham, director at Cracknell, said the decision was motivated by a desire to strengthen the company's UK operations and to increase its UK and European contacts.

"We decided to seek a practice that had a strong UK/Europe clientele and a strong management structure, and that is exactly what we've got," he said.

Founded by Philip Heaton, Parklife was since 2003 corporate advisor to the UK government watchdog the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). Projects the firm has worked on include the masterplan of the Castleford Project in West Yorkshire.

The merger with Parklife is part of an ongoing international expansion by Cracknell, which has operated in the UAE since 1993.

The firm, which also has an office in Abu Dhabi, is in the process of opening an office in Muscat, Oman. The Oman office is slated for opening by the end of 2008.

The company is also looking to open an office in India within 12 months, and has been looking at opportunities in Far East Asia, Wigham revealed to Commercial Outdoor Design.

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