RIBA Enterprises and Aecom scrap NBS venture
The alliance between RIBA Enterprises and Aecom has been scrapped
It was announced in June 2012 that NBS, owned by RIBA Enterprises had acquired the specification consulting team from Aecom and were to create a new company called NBS Schumann Smith, but theses plans have now been abandoned.
Aecom directors Dave Smith and Richard Jackson, who were set to lead NBS Schumann Smith, will remain at Aecom.
This venture would have seen RIBA Enterprises offering cost and carbon data alongside specification consulting and design management to companies through NBS Schumann Smith.
The collaboration would have also paved the way for the RIBA to begin to offer a professional specification writing service. This had previously been criticised by architects who were concerned that the move would conflict with the interests of RIBA members.
A statement from RIBA Enterprises said: ‘The intended transition of Aecom’s specification and design management team to RIBA Enterprises is no longer happening and the team will remain as a valued part of Aecom’s consultancy business in the UK.
‘We are continuing to explore ways that we can work together with RIBA Enterprises in the future and believe there are number of interesting opportunities that will benefit both the market and our clients.’