Aukett Swanke Group, the international group of architects and interior designers, has announced that it has today acquired a controlling interest in John R Harris & Partners Limited, a well-established firm of architects, interior designers, engineers and master planners incorporated in Cyprus and operating in the Middle East.

The total consideration for the acquisition is ã897,000 for an 80 percent interest and is being satisfied in cash, funded from the Group's existing balances.

Commenting on the acquisition, Nicholas Thompson CEO said: "We have been seeking to augment our Middle East offering for some time and are delighted that we have been able to secure a major shareholding in JRHP. Its rich history, coupled with our own, make for a robust platform in both our scale of operation and design skill from which we can continue our expansion plans for the region."

At 2:33pm: (LON:AUK) Aukett Swanke Group PLC share price was +0.25p at 8p