October 16, 2018
by Canadian Architect
Award-winning architecture, interior design, planning, landscape design, and strategic consulting firm B+H is partnering with one of Asia’s largest urban and infrastructure consulting firms, Surbana Jurong Private Limited.
AMS Nest, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B+H Architects.
This new partnership aligns B+H with a global industry leader that shares common service, sector and geographic synergies, and will provide B+H with unprecedented access to Surbana Jurong Group’s broad network. In turn B+H will deepen Surbana Jurong’s architecture and design capabilities, supporting it’s transformation into world-class strategic consulting and design powerhouse.
“This partnership accelerates B+H’s continued growth strategy and positions us to compete with some of the most powerful firms in the world,” says Bill Nankivell, CEO, B+H. “Continued investments, consolidation and mergers in our industry are providing platforms for firms to grow, diversify, compete, and attract and retain the best talent. The B+H and Surbana Jurong partnership will allow us to deliver bold and inspiring projects in new geographies and sectors, providing extraordinary opportunities for our people.”
B+H and Surbana Jurong share a legacy of transformative projects that have made significant contributions to communities around the world. This, in addition to shared goals and values, is why B+H selected Surbana Jurong as an investor in its future. This new partnership marks Singapore-based Surbana Jurong’s first investment in a North American consulting and design practice.
“Surbana Jurong and B+H believe in shaping spaces, communities, cities, economies and lives,” says Wong Heang Fine, Group CEO of Surbana Jurong. “Both firms are committed to delivering resilient and healthy environments. Together, we will aim to provide integrated, end-to-end and best-in-class solutions, from real estate and development strategies, to design and consulting services and through to facilities management. We will create spaces and design infrastructure where people live, work and play, shaping cities into homes with sustainable jobs where communities and businesses can flourish.”
B+H Principals will continue to be owners and the firm will be managed as an independent entity by its Managing Principals, with its head office remaining in Toronto, thereby retaining its strong Canadian brand. This fits Surbana Jurong’s business model where specialist groups operate independently in the global marketplace, with the flexibility to work separately or collaboratively as needed.
B+H and Surbana Jurong will collaborate on strategic opportunities in North America, where Surbana Jurong does not currently have a strong market presence. In Asia, B+H will continue to operate independently, providing a full suite of design services and collaborating with Surbana Jurong and member companies. Propelling future growth of the B+H brand, B+H will leverage Surbana Jurong’s presence in Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, India, Indonesia, Australia and Africa to pursue new project opportunities.