AN Edinburgh-based firm of architects with offices in the capital and Dubai has opened new premises in Muscat, Oman.

Kettle Collective, founded six years ago by Falkirk Wheel designer Tony Kettle and Colin Bone, has been working on several high-profile projects in Oman, including the Al Mouj Muscat tourism development.

Mr Bone said that Kettle Collective was looking to develop its existing portfolio in Oman and become established as a leading local studio.

The firm also local partners in Moscow, St Petersburg, Saudi Arabia and Beirut. Its regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Tony Archibold, was the project director on the Capital Gate skyscraper in Abu Dhabi.

Another major project is the Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg, Russia, officially Europe’s tallest building and the new headquarters for global energy giant Gazprom.

Kettle Collective’s UK projects include the Ripple Retreat, a facility for children suffering from cancer and their families on the shores of Loch Venachar

Mr Kettle and Mr Bone, who worked together at RMJM, have a team of about 40. While at RMJM, Mr Kettle worked with Enric Miralles on the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.