Europe's largest Architectural Practices opens BBBEE Compliant SA Company

Nightingale Associates, one of the largest and European architectural firms
specializing in the design of government, healthcare, science and education
public infrastructure, today announces the establishment and opening of
Nightingale Architects South Africa (Pty) Ltd, a fully Broad-based black
economic empowered (BBBEE) compliant architectural practice in Cape Town.

Nightingale Architects (SA) Pty Ltd is 26% black owned and has been
independently verified as a Level 3 BBBEE service provider in accordance
with the SA Governments Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.

It remains a part owned subsidiary of the UK based Nightingale Associates,
which was founded 18 years ago by South African born Mike Nightingale.

Nightingale Architects (SA) further anticipates it will become a Level 2
BBBEE service provider over the next twelve months.

The company will offer the South African market a unique blend of specialist
knowledge in the design and delivery of healthcare, education & science
infrastructure and buildings as hospitals, schools, colleges, universities,
laborotories and other public infrastructure buildings, while also lending
its expertise to residential and commercial sectors.

One of Nightingale Architects' core objectives will be to assist the
government and private sectors in raising the quality of South Africa public
sector architecture and design to global standards, which they plan to
achieve through international 'best practice' principles and their
distinctively fresh approach to architecture, as witnessed by its stellar
array of awards by leading authorities. By the same token an international
skills transferal will benefit individuals from previously disadvantaged

The opening of Nightingale Architects further reflects Nightingale
Associates commitment to achieving employment equity, skills & enterprise
development and socio-economic development for all of its employees, but
further ensures a new paradigm in public infrastructure building design for
South Africa.

Says Wallace Manyara, Nightingale Architect's Business and Development

"Imaginatively designed, affordable, environmentally sustainable and robust
public architecture is what this country needs, and that is what we are all
about. The opening of Nightingale Architects (SA) brings a valuable and much
needed wealth of international expertise and experience to this market.

"What we are doing here is very exciting - we are fusing together 18 years
of specialist expertise from an established, internationally recognized and
awarded architectural practice with bright and talented young SA
professionals, who want to contribute to the changing face of South Africa.

"We already have several exciting projects in the pipeline and already
begun to engage with local and national government, consortiums and private
clients alike, and plan to take on other challenging commissions which will
demonstrate our full design and delivery capabilities."

Comments Richard Harrington, chairman of Nightingale Associates (UK):

"There is an increasing demand in South Africa for a new generation of more
appropriately designed public sector buildings which respond to the shifting
demographics and culture of modern SA society.

"The opening of Nightingale Architects (SA) is therefore without doubt a
very important turning point for Nightingale Associates but we are confident
that the fusion of our experience with that of local architects under the
direction of the SA Directors will demonstrate our commitment to the country
and the potential we see in the future.

"We look forward to seeing the results of the talent and expertise that
exists amongst our South African subsidary and witnessing the impact that
Nightingale Architects (SA) will have on the country's infrastructure."

Earlier this year Nightingale Associates won the Property category of the
Health Investor Awards during an event in the Marriot Grosvenor Square in
London. Their latest health commission that was delivered and opened this
year was the ZAR 1 billion hospital development for the Birmingham and
Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) in the United Kingdom.

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