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          A Leicestershire architectural firm is planning to open a London office to support its plans for continued growth, it has been reported.

          The headcount at rg+p has increased by a quarter to 35 over the last 12 months, as the firm has launched new services, reports the Leicester Mercury.

          One of the results of this has been increased turnover – with company takings rising by eight per cent to £1.4 million this year.

          Bill Smedley, managing director of rg+p, said the firm was undertaking a number of large projects, such as the design of a £10 million student block and a new dental school.

          Three ongoing projects will see the company provide 950 rooms in student accommodation developments.

          The firm’s new London office, in Shoreditch, is set to open in the first week of December.

          It will be located in an area with a high concentration of architectural firms, the news provider explained.

          A London office is being opened as part of a five-year business plan to secure more contracts in the south-east of England.

          Mr Smedley said rg+p had managed to stabilise following the 2008-09 recession, with growth returning in 2011.

          “This year we have seen a significant increase in confidence, certainly with house builders,” he added.

          Last month, Nick Dawson, London property finder at Garrington, claimed that overseas investors have been responsible for much of the recent demand for office premises in the capital.

          He said firms and high net-worth individuals from Russia and the Far East have been particularly keen to invest in super-prime areas of the capital.

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