Saturday, July 24, 2004

Herald Sun: WA architect moves on Iran

Herald Sun: WA architect moves on Iran [25jul04]: "WA architect moves on Iran
By Nick Butterly

THE Perth arm of Australia's largest architectural group, Cox, is winning millions of dollars of work in the Middle East.

Greg Howlett, a director of Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland, spends 50 per cent of his time in the boom town of Dubai.
The company set up a management office in the Gulf city nearly three years ago and for a time Mr Howlett was spending more time in Dubai than Perth.
The hours spent face-to-face with local businessmen and government officials has paid off.
Cox has won work on a 63-storey tower and a prison complex in Dubai and is close to winning work on two 'very large' projects in neighbouring Abu Dhabi. Mr Howlett said the company had begun to look outside the United Arab Emirates and recently had won work on a large retail and residential development in the Iranian city of Shiraz.

Cox is also hoping to win a similar project in Tehran and a resort development in the country's north.
'Dubai is developing at an extraordinary rate,' Mr Howlett said.
'I think Iran is the new game . . . we are getting in on the ground floor.'
Mr Howlett said WA companies had a good reputation in the Gulf and Australian architects were well known for their environmental expertise.
Cox is now weighing up whether to set up a fully functioning architectural office in Dubai, employing architects trained in India, or to partner a local firm."


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