MANAMA: Assael Architecture, an award-winning British architectural practice, has opened its new Middle Eastern headquarters in Bahrain.
In a statement, the firm said it was looking forward to creating new mixed-use developments, driving a wide variety of investment that can help to attract a wealth of new economic and cultural opportunities for the kingdom.
“Architects are looking to the Gulf as it quickly becomes a hotbed for innovative and adventurous architectural design – bringing together new technology and exciting opportunities to shape places,” said Assael Architecture Middle East director Hoda Hameed Ali Sangoor.
“Bahrain – as the gateway to the Gulf – is an exciting prospect for Assael, as we can bring our extensive experience of delivering large scale mixed-use projects in the UK to Bahrain.”
Assael has already designed several schemes in the region, such as the Fanar North project on Amwaj Island in Bahrain, a mixed-use waterfront residential scheme that will create 464 homes, a hotel and space for restaurants, retail and cultural events.
The firm’s founder John Assael is honorary treasurer at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
As part of its commitment to Bahrain, Assael will be exploring opportunities for creating destinations that tie together housing, cultural space, retail and leisure with the existing character of place, ensuring longevity in design and quality.
“Bahrain and the wider Gulf region present an exhilarating opportunity for us to design and deliver landmark schemes of national significance,” said Assael Architecture co-founder and director Russell Pedley.
“Working alongside the government and the private sector, we hope to create places which tie together top quality housing, public space, retail and leisure. Assael’s experience with highly technical, large scale projects will undoubtedly help Bahrain meet its housing and infrastructure needs.”