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Populous to merge with interior gurus Jump

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Stadium experts Populous has announced a merger with architecture and interior design practice Jump Studios

The deal will see both firms continuing as separate practices, but joining together to collaborate on projects requiring a broader range of disciplines than either can offer individually.

A joint statement said that the move will mean Jump Studios can extend both the geographical reach and scale of the projects it targets.

Simon Jordan, director and co-founder of Jump Studios, said: ‘There are clear synergies between Jump Studios and Populous with regard to how we see the role of architecture in framing and elevating experiences.

‘There is increasing demand from clients to provide more user-centered, engaging and rewarding experiences, whether they be for places of leisure or work.’

Nick Reynolds, senior principal at Populous, said: “Bringing people together in the 21st century requires greater imagination and innovation than ever before. It demands creative and exciting solutions that will enhance people’s lives.’

Populous was founded in 1983 and was formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event. The company, which broke away from HOK in 2009 following a management buyout, now has a staff of 500, and has an international workload which combines architecture, masterplanning, urban design, event design and planning plus brand activities.

It has offices in London, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland, Boston, Knoxville, Norman, Denver, San Francisco and Kansas City.

The firm has worked on a number of global events including 10 Olympic Games and the NFL Super Bowl. It has also worked on the design of venues including Wembley Stadium, the 2012 Olympic Stadium, the O2 Arena, Yankee Stadium, and Darling Harbour Live in Sydney.

Jump Studios was established in 2001 and focuses on interiors, installations and architectural design, encompassing retail, workspace, exhibition, brand experience, pop-up, restaurant and bar design.

Its client roster includes firms including Google, Nike, Rapha, Levi Strauss, Mother, Red Bull, Publicis, Innocent Smoothies, Yahoo!, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Ministry of Sound, Bloomberg, Starwood Hotels and FIAT. 

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