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by Brian Bakowski
We’re delighted to share the news that SLR has acquired Optimised Environments (OPEN), bringing together market leading capabilities in the natural and built environment.
OPEN is an integrated design practice with a 50+ person team whose collective skills and experience will enhance significantly SLR’s offer to clients across a wide range of renewable energy, urban and rural projects and situations, embracing the cultural, environmental and economic context.
Their skills in masterplanning, landscape architecture, landscape planning, urban design and architecture will complement the advice and services across the sustainability and environmental spectrum that SLR already delivers to its clients, particularly in the built environment and power sectors.
Neil Penhall, SLR’s Chief Executive said “I am delighted to welcome the OPEN team into SLR. We are always looking to enhance the range of services we can offer our clients to assist them with their sustainability goals and aspirations. OPEN’s capabilities, experience, people and culture were a perfect fit for SLR and strengthen our group wide expertise in renewable power and the built environment.”
James Welch, a founding Director of OPEN, commented “OPEN and SLR have many complementary services and a shared culture that make us an excellent match. With our new SLR colleagues, we see a tremendous opportunity to enhance the offer we can make to our clients and take OPEN into new markets, both in the UK and overseas.”
Pol MacDonald, OPEN’s other founding Director, added “There is a great opportunity here for everyone in the OPEN team, and our design-based culture, to be influential within the growing SLR business and become the leading adviser for environmental and sustainable placemaking.”
Please go to OPEN for more details on their services, client experience, team and capabilities.