Australian architecture practice i2C have announced a global Building Information Modelling alliance with the United Kingdom‘s Ryder Architecture, a move which will allow both “to provide great opportunities for people and clients on a global level”.
The new business agreement will see a consolidation of i2C’s offices in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney with Ryder’s in Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Newcastle and also Hong Kong, China to create “an international collaboration of like minded, similar sized practices that share the same ethos and entrepreneurial ambition with expertise in a range of areas providing international capacity and credibility”.
The genesis of the formation lies way back in 2010, when i2C Managing Director Anthony Merlin met with Mark Thompson, Director of Ryder after a chance introduction in Australia. Around that time, Ryder launched a new venture in BIM Academy, a company that will be impacted massively thanks to this new business arrangement.
According to i2C’s official website, BIM Academy will be welcomed to Australian shores as part of the deal. This expansion follows BIM Academy’s major success in Australia that led to the group offering BIM for Asset and Facilities Management (BAFM) services.
Discussing the “international collaboration”, Merlin stated: “We are very excited to be part of the international alliance as it will allow us to expand our sector and BIM offerings, but it also enables a fabulous opportunity for our teams to develop their practice and project management skills in exchange programs.”
i2C’s website also notes that “other conversations are currently being forged with European firms that offer complementary specialism to the alliance”, alluding to a possible further expansion of BIM expertise in the coming months.
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