Aukett Swanke has appointed Jason Bagge as a director in its UK studios.

The group said the appointment strengthened its expertise in a number of key sectors in which it anticipated growth, while contributing to ongoing succession planning within the UK operations.

Bagge is returning to Aukett Swanke having worked at director level at a number of prominent international practices over the last decade.

He has over 20 years' experience extending across: life sciences and laboratories, education, commercial, residential, retail, leisure, and urban regeneration projects.

The group said: "The return of a key appointment to the practice after a period working in other highly regarded practices signals an ability to recognise external expertise, albeit grounded in early experience within Aukett Swanke, while also welcoming the fresh thinking and scrutiny that comes with such a high level appointment.

"This provides an opportunity to reappraise and adjust current business strategy as necessary in an unpredictable market, positioning the practice to take advantage of new opportunities and markets that may present themselves."

UK managing director Luke Schuberth said: "We welcome Jason back to the team and to his creative talents adding yet more depth to our growing workload."

At 8:16am: (LON:AUK) Aukett Swanke Group PLC share price was 0p at 2.38p