Leading Irish firm of architects Douglas Wallace said yesterday it will recruit 100 additional staff as part of growth plans which will see the company expand operations in Ireland, the UK and Europe over the next three years.
The move follows two recent high-profile acquisitions by the firm for a total consideration of €3.7m.
Douglas Wallace, which specialises in the creation of commercial, retail, hotel and spa environments, recently acquired the top Belfast firm of architects Ferguson Wheeler for €2.7m.
This was followed by the buy-out of London-based Corporate Edge Interiors and Architecture in a deal worth €1m.
Douglas Wallace already has London offices with significant UK projects including the redevelopment of Bow Street Magistrates Court in Westminster and the Queensmere Observatory Centre in Slough, Berkshire.
Established in 1980, the firm currently employs 182 staff providing architecture, design and project management services to clients across Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe.
The company has become one of the largest multi-disciplinary practices in Ireland, with offices in Dublin, Galway and Belfast. It has also carved out a strong position among leading international firms in the UK and Europe through its office in London.
The practice will now invest €850,000 in its operations and intends to complete its new recruitment drive over three years.
The jobs being created are for senior level architecture, design and branding professionals with the sector expertise to deliver international projects. New technologies and systems will also be used to deliver specialist architecture, retail and design consultancy services to clients.
The announcement on the creation of the new jobs was made yesterday by Enterprise, Trade & Employment Minister, Micheal Martin.
Douglas Wallace has a turnover in excess of €18m per annum and works for a wide portfolio of clients.