Denton Corker Marshall, the Australian architects behind the new Civil Justice Centre in Manchester, are to open an office in the city at the end of October and will embark on a year-long recruitment drive.
Tom Goldthorpe, associate architect and for the past two years site architect on the Civil Justice Centre, will head up the office. David Hamer, architectural assistant, will join him.
Goldthorpe said: "The office move will come at the end of October after the Civil Justice Centre opens on October 24.
"It will be a small office with two people at first but we are looking to expand to eight people within the next year or so. It's clearly a very competitive market for quality people but we do some good work so hopefully others will be interested in working with us."
Denton Corker Marshall is based in Melbourne and has offices in London and Jakarta, Indonesia.
A recent flurry of wins in Manchester prompted the company to open another office to serve the city but also the whole North of England. The company will take a serviced office of around 1,000 sq ft in Bruntwood's Lowry House in Spring Gardens.
The firm's other Manchester work includes One New York Street for Bruntwood (pictured), the developer's first new-build, a 12-storey office block currently on site with construction contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.
Goldthorpe adds: "We are looking at some feasibility studies for other projects within Bruntwood developments with other clients."
Denton Corker Marshall also designed Two and Three Hardman Boulevard for Allied London at Spinningfields, yet to start on site as the location was used for Portakabins for the Civil Justice Centre.
Ask Developments also employed the firm for its mixed-use development on Whitworth Street, comprising nine storeys of offices, a 100-room hotel and 200 apartments. A planning application has not been submitted for the Ask scheme and the developer is said to be holding out to sign a hotel operator before finalising plans.