First high-profile contract for firm set up by former Mace figures and architect Gareth Stapleton

Newly formed consultant Rise has been appointed by the Serpentine Gallery to project manage the delivery of this year’s summer Serpentine Gallery pavilion.

It is the first high-profile contract win for the firm, which was set up by former Mace figures Ian Eggers and Bob White and architect Gareth Stapleton last November.
Eggers and Stapleton will be working with architect Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who will be designing this year’s pavilion. The pavilion will sit beneath the Serpentine’s lawn and is scheduled to open in June.

Bob White, Rise chairman, said: “It is an exciting opportunity for our young organisation to be working with Jacques, Pierre and Ai Weiwei, world-renowned architects and acclaimed artist, enabling them to deliver a truly outstanding project for the Serpentine Gallery this year.”

The launch of Rise came after Eggers left Mace last July after 18 years at the firm. Most recently Mace’s director of construction management services and a member of its strategic board for construction, Eggers led the firm’s early work on the Shard at London Bridge.

White, who was Mace chief executive until the end of 2004 and then continued as chairman, left the firm in 2008.