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BDP has confirmed that it will be combining forces with Japan’s leading engineering practice, Nippon Koei, to form an integrated design group of genuine international reach.

The boards of BDP Holdings Ltd (BDP) and Nippon Koei Co Ltd (Nippon Koei) announced today that the two companies have exchanged contracts on a deal in which Nippon Koei has acquired the entire shareholdings of BDP for the sum of GBP£102.2m.

Sharing a philosophy which places an emphasis on design integration and community impact, the new group offers a unique combination of deep technical skills in engineering, architecture and the full range of design disciplines.

While both companies will retain their existing operations and their own brand identity, their complementary geographical footprints and technical skills mean that they will be able to work collaboratively to win and deliver integrated design solutions across international markets.

BDP is a leading UK-based international practice of architects, designers and engineers, with six UK studios, as well as offices in Ireland, the Netherlands, the Middle East, China and India. The firm employs 950 people and had a turnover of over GBP£81m in 2015.

Originally established in 1946 as Japan’s first independent engineering consultancy, Nippon Koei’s primary strength is in civil engineering, although it offers a range of services to both Japanese and international clients. A significant proportion of Nippon Koei’s work is associated with infrastructure development funded by the Japanese Government and the World Bank in developing economies across Asia, South America and Africa. In coming together with BDP, the company wishes to expand its current international offer in the rapidly expanding Asian commercial markets.

Nippon Koei employs around 3,200 people and had a turnover of GBP£430m in 2015. The company has been listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange since 1954.

The two companies have a vision to be the world’s leading integrated architecture, design and engineering firm, delivering world-class design solutions which enhance the communities they serve.

John McManus, Chief Executive of BDP, said:

The alliance with Nippon Koei heralds an exciting new era in BDP’s evolution. Although separated geographically, our two firms share common values and have highly complementary strengths in terms of professional offer and sector expertise. By uniting the two firms, we are creating an organisation which genuinely has the potential to be greater than the sum of its parts. We believe that this strategic international alignment will deliver huge benefits to our clients and will offer exceptional prospects for our people to develop both professionally and personally.

Ryuichi Arimoto, President of Nippon Koei, said:

As a leading architecture and design firm in the UK, BDP’s participation in the NK group will mark a great turning point in both of our histories. We will join forces on a global basis and provide solutions together to the many urban development problems from both an engineering and an architectural perspective.

The combination of NK’s 70 years of experience in social development and infrastructure together with BDP’s 55 years of experience in the education, health and commercial sectors, will create significant opportunity to add value for our clients and, I am confident, will lead the group to become the world’s leading integrated architecture, engineering and design company for the next generation. I also believe that the synergies between us will not only advantage our projects but will be of enormous benefit to our staff from a human resources perspective.

HOK comes off the bench as it acquires 360 Architecture

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Architecture giant HOK has agreed to acquire the award-winning design firm 360 Architecture, re-establishing HOK in the sports and entertainment facility design sector and giving the firm a significant new presence in Kansas City, USA.

Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, HOK chairman and CEO said:

As a global design leader, it’s important for HOK to offer clients design excellence in sports architecture. 360 Architecture has created several of the world’s most innovative professional and collegiate sports facilities and their design-focused culture and values align with ours. Together, we will design the next generation of sports and entertainment facilities.

After starting HOK Sport in 1983, HOK became a pioneer in redefining sports facilities and the fan experience. HOK spun off its sports practice in 2008 and now expects to move back into the sector, finalising the acquisition of 360 Architecture by October.

Brad Schrock, AIA, senior principal at 360 Architecture, said:

Joining HOK enables us to take advantage of an exceptionally strong global platform and to expand our sports facility design practice while offering our clients additional expertise in other markets. We expect continued long-term growth.

John Rhodes, HOK’s director of sports and entertainment architecture in London, explained:

The next generation of sports and entertainment venues will benefit from a deeper understanding of the complexities of the sports business and the importance of brand celebration, loyalty and place. Future sports facilities will need to be integrated with other community facilities including parks, colleges, offices and hotels. With the addition of the 360 team, HOK will be one of the few firms in the world that can bring highly specialised design leaders in all these areas to a project.

Tom Waggoner, AIA, senior principal at 360 Architecture, added:

Our shared vision of collaborating across specialties and markets will strengthen the approach that has been so important to our clients’ success. Joining HOK also gives our dedicated, talented employees even more opportunities for growth, education and diversity in their careers. HOK is a great fit for our clients, our people and the Kansas City area.

Along with Schrock and Waggoner, 360 Architecture senior principals who will join HOK include George Heinlein, AIA, William Johnson, AIA, Tracy Stearns and Chris Trainer. In January 2014, John Rhodes, who collaborated on the design of the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Master Plan with HOK, joined HOK as a director of sports and entertainment architecture in London. In December 2013, architecture and interior design firm BBG-BBGM’s New York and Shanghai employees joined HOK to elevate the firm’s hospitality practice.

360 Architecture’s wide-ranging work includes designing soccer stadiums in Iraq (pictured). The firm is participating on design teams for a retractable-roof, multipurpose stadium in Atlanta, which will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion team; the renovation of Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins; the Rogers Place arena for the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta; the AT&T Center renovation for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Texas; the design of Cisco Field, a proposed new ballpark for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics in San Jose, California; and a new stadium for the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes.

In the higher education sector, 360 Architecture is playing a major role in the design of Notre Dame University’s Campus Crossroads project in South Bend, Indiana, and the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Portland. The firm recently completed the design of recreation and wellness centers at Auburn University’s main campus in Auburn and at its campus in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, 360 Architecture is involved in creating athletic facility master plans for the University of Missouri and the University of North Carolina.