Matthew Neville

London transport design consultancy merger unites “two original pioneers” of the industry

Maynard Group has announced the acquisition of Transport Design Consultancy (TDC) in a merger that brings together the “two original pioneers” of the multi-disciplinary transport design consultancy sector.

Maynard Design Group will become the most experienced multi-disciplinary design consultancy in the transport sector with over 400 projects delivered in 17 countries combined over the last 20 years, impacting over 3.5 billion journeys taken by people every year.

The group will bring the TDC brand under its structure. Combined, it will offer services in branding, wayfinding, and product design for the transport, aviation, public realm, culture, education, healthcare, commercial, and residential sectors in the UK and Europe, as well as the Middle East, India, and Australasia.

Maynard Design Group, has been integral in projects such as London Bridge station, Melbourne Metro and is currently a core part of the team behind Crossrail.

Internationally, the company has delivered wayfinding and product design across the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland Metro systems, whilst also working in the Middle East on various high-profile cultural projects.

TDC has a long-standing relationship with UK Railway operators, having worked on numerous projects over the last 20 years across 800+ stations. Other projects include St Pancras International, the Dubai Metro integrated transport system, Riyadh Metro, Bengaluru International Airport, in addition to other work in India and Singapore.

Julian Maynard, group managing director, said: “Acquiring TDC is a huge step towards our ambition of offering our expert and technical services globally.

“Our focus on the interaction of people, places and products together with our locations of the UK, Australia and New Zealand fits naturally together with TDC’s transport and wayfinding expertise and long-standing client relationships in the Middle East and Asia.

Tony Howard, of TDC, added: “Both firms have worked on some of the same projects over the last three decades and pioneered a collaborative, consultative and technically expert approach to the very complex practice of designing the way people will use transport systems and hubs.

“In this fast-changing world, where people are increasingly accessing global destinations, it seems only natural to combine forces and offer our clients greater strength and a greater depth of service. We offer this along with a consistent and unparalleled track record of delivery from both entities, wherever we have worked in the world.”

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