Subsidiary DeLeeuw International leads design work on nine new EU-funded facilities

White Young Green is working up designs for a €2.7m (£2.5m) reception centre for refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey and removal centres for illegal immigrants.

The firm's wholly owned subsidiary, DeLeeuw International, is leading a team of architects to design the nine centres in seven Turkish cities.

Managing director Levent Erkan said the need for the centres was acute: “There are a lot people moving to Turkey and of course there is no place to live,” he said.

“We are preparing the designs to meet the needs of immigrants. Where immigrants are illegal, we will build holding centres.”

The firm is working in concert with asylum specialists from the EU, which is funding project.

An announcement on designs is expected in May, when the firm will prepare a tender document for construction firms.

Architects, landscapers and engineers on the design team are Turkish, Erkan said.

The project is due for completion in December.