Ryder Architecture has merged with London practice Jeffery Associates Architecture (JAA)
The existing JAA office will initially trade under the banner JAA|Ryder but with the ‘completion of the full merger towards the end of the year’ the practice could just become Ryder.
The directors of the 100-strong outfit have insisted there will be no redundancies following the move which will add a ‘diverse portfolio of work, in the leisure, commercial and industrial sectors’ to Ryder’s existing workload, particularly in education and healthcare.
JAA director and founder Tim Jeffery, said: ‘We are fortunate to have exceptionally loyal and active clients, but as the scale and complexity of work has increased, I am acutely aware that it is our responsibility to provide a resource and knowledge base to match their requirements.
‘Ryder’s Newcastle roots mirror my own, having studied and qualified in Newcastle. I’ve always held Ryder in the highest esteem for its ability to maintain rigour and clarity in its design method, so I am particularly honoured to have the opportunity of now joining our practice with Ryder. It is certainly an exciting time for me and the rest of my team.’
Earlier this year Ryder, which has offices in London, Newcastle, Liverpool and Glasgow, announced it had launched a launched a joint venture with TFP Farrells aimed at tapping into opportunities in China’s healthcare sector
Speaking about the JAA merger, Ryder’s managing director Mark Thompson, said: ‘The merger has a number of strands for us and is a very positive move. Iit adds depth to our London office with the addition of another skilled director who brings a diverse portfolio of work, entirely complementary to that of our own including international experience, which will further assist the development of our growing portfolio in China.’