Atelier Ten joins Singapore group

M&E engineer will retain brand and autonomy says principal Patrick Bellew

Atelier Ten worked with Surbana Juroung at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

The Singapore-based Surbana Jurong Group has taken over the UK environmental design consultancy Atelier Ten.

The group, which is owned by a Singapore sovereign wealth fund, is formed of nine member companies, which specialise in architecture, design, engineering, facilities management, and security services worldwide.

Patrick Bellew, principal at Atelier Ten, said the move would allow the consultancy to retain its identify while continuing to grow. He said: ‘We see this union with Surbana Jurong as a fantastic opportunity to build upon the successful growth we have enjoyed in the past 30 years.

‘The synergies and opportunities that joining this group presents for Atelier Ten, and for our clients and collaborators are enormous. We found a partner who has similar brand values – a commitment to the environment and performance,’ he said.

Atelier Ten has worked with Surbana Jurong for more than a decade, collaborating with it on Jewel Changi Airport, one of the world’s largest conditioned gardens, and the Mandai rejuvenation project.

London-based Atelier Ten is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has 300 employees in 11 offiices worldwide including the US, Australia and Singapore. In the UK it is working on Google’s King’s Cross headquarters.

Bellew said talks with Surbana Jurong had been going on for two years. He said: ‘It was a pre-Covid conversation, and part of a strategic plan. It’s not a fire sale.’

He said Atelier Ten had grown and taken on more staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Over the last 20 years we’ve been protected by being all over the world,’ he said.