Environmental design consultancy Atelier Ten joins Surbana Jurong

Surbana Jurong Group has announced a new addition to its family of specialist consulting firms, Atelier Ten. Both partners aim to deepen their expertise and strengthen their commitment to championing sustainability and developing climate change solutions.

Since its formation five years ago, Singapore-based Surbana Jurong has grown its collection of expertise in architecture, design, engineering, facilities management and security services by investing in companies with deep expertise and reach in new markets.

Atelier Ten, headquartered in London, will expand Surbana Jurong’s expertise in sustainable solutions, dedicated to helping clients who want to create a sustainable future. This presents greater opportunities not only for Atelier Ten and Surbana Jurong, but also for their clients and the built environment industry globally.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Atelier Ten has grown from a small London studio to a global thought leader in environmental design, with 300 employees split across 11 offices worldwide including the US, the UK, Australia and Singapore.

Atelier Ten’s notable projects include Gardens by the Bay in Singapore where the environmental design embeds both building scale and city scale circular economy principles; Royal National Theatre in London, replacing the central heating and cooling plant with absorption cooling system and ground source heat pumps to achieve carbon savings of 30%; Comcast Centre in Philadelphia that redefines sustainability for high-rise buildings through careful energy and systems design, indoor environmental quality, water consumption and material selection; and Google’s headquarters in London, designed to achieve a truly smart building that is open, dynamic, flexible and at the forefront of technology.

Teaming up with the National University of Singapore, Atelier Ten has also been appointed by Singapore’s Public Utilities Board to carry out environmental and microclimate studies and help determine the feasibility of harvesting solar energy through floating solar systems. In addition, Atelier Ten is known for designing the spiky shading system that gives The Esplanade in Singapore its durian-like appearance.

Atelier Ten’s relationship with Surbana Jurong spans over a decade with successful collaborations in Singapore including Jewel Changi Airport, one of the world’s largest conditioned gardens that successfully balances the competing demands of abundant heart and light needed for plants, and the ecologically sustainable Mandai rejuvenation project.

Atelier Ten will join Surbana Jurong Group as a distinct member company – it is the Group’s ninth member company. Atelier Ten will retain its identity and brand values and continue to leverage its leadership team and its people to expand globally.

This mutually beneficial opportunity is also intended to provide better access to and knowledge sharing across markets, strengthening Surbana Jurong’s presence in the US and European markets and Atelier Ten’s involvement in Asia. The integration will present more multidisciplinary, collaborative projects that provide employees with exposure to new work and opportunities to learn, develop and grow.

Patrick Bellew, principal at Atelier Ten commented, “We see this union with Surbana Jurong Group as a fantastic opportunity to build upon the successful growth we have enjoyed in the past 30 years. Working with Surbana Jurong and other members of the Group, we can extend our influence and mission to be a global force for good in the drive towards a more sustainable world. The synergies and opportunities that joining this Group presents for the team here at Atelier Ten, and for our clients and collaborators are enormous.”

Wong Heang Fine, group CEO of Surbana Jurong Group said the addition of Atelier Ten “demonstrates Surbana Jurong’s commitment to help clients design high-performance, sustainable buildings and smart infrastructures that conserve energy and resources. With every project, we are spurred by the challenge of doing more with less. Together with Atelier Ten, we can unlock even greater value from our sustainability solutions.

“We continue to invest in Surbana Jurong Group’s capabilities and long-term success. This transformative expansion will ensure we play an integral role in creating sustainable built environments, further increase the Group’s relevance and enable us to forge a better future for the world.”

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