Architectural practice 3D has hired Mark Taylor, a director at Reid Architecture, to head its first office in London.

Charles Graham-Marr, a director at 3D, said the London office would serve clients in a range of sectors in the South-east, and could be a base for future international expansion.

He said: "It's not a plan to take over the world. But we have become a major practice in Scotland and in recent years have also expanded into England.

"This is a plan to secure business in the south of England and further afield. We've always had clients based in London, so this is a natural step in our expansion plans."

Graham-Marr, who worked with Taylor at Reid during the 1980s, described him as "an ideal match in terms of experience and what we do as a practice".

The practice is recruiting architects for the London office, although Graham-Marr refused to say how many staff would work there initially. The firm employs about 120 staff in its three offices at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester.

It operates in a range of sectors including retail, residential and commercial and works for clients including British Land, Laing O'Rourke and Balfour Beatty.

TPS, the design and project management division of Carillion Business Services, has appointed Shaun Carter managing director. Carter takes over from Paul Reeder.