Global Award-Winning Design Firm Lead8 Celebrates Five Years of Design Excellence

Lead8’s geographic footprint spans across Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and London, growing from a small team to over 200 people in five years

HONG KONG, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Headquartered in Hong Kong, Lead8 is an international award-winning design firm of architects, masterplanners, interior and graphic designers. Founded in 2014 by a group of like-minded design professionals, this year the firm is celebrating five years of growth and success. Set to expand into new territories in 2020, Lead8 shows no sign of slowing as it continues at the forefront of design, sustainability and creativity for the built environment.

Left: Shangri-La Fuzhou Mixed-use Development (Fuzhou, China) Right: SkyCity (Hong Kong)

Left: Shangri-La Fuzhou Mixed-use Development (Fuzhou, China) Right: SkyCity (Hong Kong)

In just five years, Lead8 has grown rapidly from a small group of Co Founders into a forceful and dynamic team of over 200 designers and architects. Christine Hau, Chris Lohan, Claude Touikan, David Buffonge, John Denton, Meeta Patel, and Simon Chua are the experienced collective behind the design firm; each bringing their unique strengths to build an international design brand which partners with some of the world’s leading names in property and development.

Co Founder and Executive Director Christine Hau said of the fifth anniversary, "This year marks a special business milestone and allows us to look back at all that we have achieved in this short time. Our close ties and relationships with our clients have resulted in a portfolio of exceptional projects in more than 40 cities around the world. Looking to 2020 and beyond, we are excited to be bringing our offer to new markets and partners around the world."

Five Years of Industry-Leading Design

Recognising some of its most successful projects during its first five years of operation, Lead8 showcases its position as an industry-leading designer redefining the sectors in which it works today and into the future.

Over the last twelve months, the firm has spearheaded the design of two high-end retail developments for the popular MixC brand which are gaining industry recognition. The 80,000 square meter MixC Shenzhen Bay followed its opening with a list of awards, recognised by the International Council of Shopping Centres, MIPIM Asia and A&D China. MixC Jinan, with its Interior Design by Lead8, launched in September and has been welcomed as a new destination for more than 500 brands in the city.

One of Lead8’s most high-profile collaborations is also due to complete within the anniversary year – the Beijing Daxing International Airport Commercial Landside Terminal. Appointed ‘Lead Designer’, Lead8 was tasked with delivering new thinking for the commercial terminal at the next-generation airport city. The scheme will feature a new breed of airport-based workplaces with integrated retail, dining and entertainment to capture the interest of the 100 million anticipated passengers at Beijing’s new air hub.

Cementing its name within aviation, Lead8 is expanding its presence with two noteworthy developments at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). SkyCity, scheduled to open in phases from 2023, is one of the most influential projects in the city. The 350,000sqm development is set to revolutionise and drive the future growth of the Greater Bay Area with a design that encapsulates not only a retail destination but a major integrated development offering first-to-market, state-of-the-art experiences. The HKIA Terminal 1 renovation, an exciting upgrade for the iconic aviation hub, will also be undertaken Lead8’s team.

Bringing their expertise to evolving sectors, for Shangri-La Group, Lead8 is driving the smart transformation of the existing Fuzhou Shangri-La from a high-end hotel into a mixed-use urban resort. The award-winning design is due to open in 2022, converting the property into a transport-oriented, multi-dimensional development with an emphasis on the wider community with open and public green spaces and a broad mix of uses.

Similarly, Lead8 announced its appointment this year to One Bangkok, a highly-anticipated future development that will deliver 1.83 million square meters of integrated mixed-use development on a 16-hectare site in the heart of Bangkok. As Thailand’s largest integrated development, the scheme is expected to accommodate up to 200,000 people per day following its completion in 2026. Lead8 is working with a local and international consortium to complete the multi-retail component.

With the retail industry continuing to push its boundaries, Lead8 has also been engaged by leading developer Hongkong Land to deliver an innovative concept in Chongqing for ‘The Ring’ retail series. The development will feature one of the largest indoor botanic gardens in China, uniting people with nature in a dynamic and living retail experience.

Looking beyond its already commanding portfolio to 2020, Lead8 is set to chart new territory, taking its expertise to new markets like Australia as the design brand promises to deliver another five years of growth and success.

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