London-based hurleypalmerflatt has announced a joint venture agreement with Hannan Associates in Manchester to enable the two mechanical and electrical engineering design practices to unlock new markets.
Both hurleypalmerflatt and Hannan Associates will continue to trade independently and in their own right, with a focus on joint working and collaboration where suitable projects arise.
Hannan Associates, which has worked on the expansion of Old Trafford football ground for 20 years, is expected to benefit from increased access to opportunities in the London market, and particularly in stadium design and leisure projects, in which they specialise.
For hurleypalmerflatt, the agreement is designed to unlock opportunities with national clients arising in the Northern market.
Paul Flatt, group chairman, hurleypalmerflatt, said: "Hannan Associates' track record in delivering sustainable design and stadia makes them a great match with our own business, and their specialist expertise in stadia and leisure adds another aspect to our range of client services, as well as providing increased access to opportunities in the North West. Against a backdrop of the government's long-term economic plan for the North of England, and their support for better connectivity to the rest of the country, the timing of our ambition to explore greater opportunities in the region seems right."
Ian Joyce, managing director of Hannan Associates, said: "hurleypalmerflatt's impressive global reach, size and experience, coupled with their strong interdisciplinary approach, has made a compelling case for us to collaborate with them. The joint venture will allow each company to trade independently nationally, while maximizing opportunities to work together on specific projects. This agreement will also improve and support our access to the London market for larger projects."