Ryder Architecture follow up North East successes with new overseas opportunities

Firm was named as highest ranking architectural practice in the 2014 Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For list

Ryder Architecture is the preferred bidder to design new police headquarters in Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ryder Architecture is the preferred bidder to design new police headquarters in Kowloon, Hong Kong

Ryder Architecture, which has an office in Newcastle, is looking to capitalise on a number of overseas opportunities after building strong foundations through a string of significant UK project wins.

The firm - which also has sites in Glasgow, Liverpool and London - is currently the preferred bidder for the creation of £200m police headquarters in Hong Kong, which would be developed in collaboration with Farrells and Hsin Chong.

Meanwhile, BIM Academy, a specialist building information modelling joint venture between Ryder and Northumbria University, is continuing to progress work on a £400m museum with Farrells and Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron.

The partnership is also developing strong relationships overseas, particularly in BIM for facilities management, following a successful project for Sydney Opera House.

Ryder was established in 1953 and has enjoyed solid growth in recent years.

The overseas projects follow a long line of contracts within the North East, including work on the redevelopment of Newcastle Central Station and Newcastle College Gateway.

Work has also been undertaken for Nissan, Ashington Leisure Centre, a new masterplan for Hartlepool town centre and the Freeman Hospital cardiothoracic expansion.

Securing Manchester University Library and the redevelopment of Ashton under Lyme town centre likewise represent major commissions for the company, as does its appointment to design the new £212m Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, a project on which Ryder will be collaborating with US firm NBBJ and Laing O’Rourke.

Similarly, designs are progressing on a £70m residential scheme opposite Lord’s cricket ground in London for the over 55s and people with dementia.

Ryder managing partner Mark Thompson said “International growth is clearly gratifying but what is most rewarding is being listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies To Work For 2014 as the highest ranking architectural practice.

“This is a clear barometer our people are engaged and enjoying the diversity and challenge of our work.

“Our corporate social responsibility work is also very important.

“We recently launched our own charity - AzuKo - which is developing projects to improve lives in places with limited resources through community driven, research based design initiatives - Jo Ashbridge who runs AzuKo is currently working on a project in Mumbai.

“This is a very exciting period, opening up new horizons overseas and consolidating important projects across the UK.

“We remain determined not to become complacent as we emerge from recession, but confidence is growing - with significant projects in diverse sectors and international success we are set to push turnover beyond £10m.”

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