Shopping centre specialist Engle has merged with AJ100 big hitter TP Bennett
The move effectively creates a new retail arm for TP Bennett, which was ranked 28th in this year’s list of the largest 100 architectural practices in the UK.
The division, described as a ‘powerful new retail and regeneration consultancy’ has been given the name TP Bennett + Engle.
According to the practice, the consultancy will be able to provide an ‘unrivalled breadth of sector experience and skill sets required for town centre regeneration and mixed use developments’.
Following the merger Engle’s 17-strong outfit has already moved into TP Bennett’s existing One America Street offices in Bankside, London.
Bill Soper, a director at TP Bennett said conversations about a ‘union’ has taken place back in Spring/early summer of 2009.
He said: ‘We had been looking at diversifying in the good times as well as the bad and there was a meeting of minds with Engle. We had already worked in a quasi-joint venture way last year and a mutual client almost acted as a catalyst for the move.’
Soper said TP Bennett would consider more mergers in the future - if the right opportunities came up. He added: ‘I can’t think of a sector we can’t handle but we would consider further mergers if it was mutually beneficial to both parties.’
Among the schemes on the practice’s drawing board are a town centre masterplan for Harlow North and the retail and office-led redevelopment of London Bridge station (pictured).