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The Buchan Group has joined the list of Australian firms merging with international practices by partnering with well-known Japanese architectural and urban design firm, Nikken Sekkei to help expand their global operations.

Announcing the business alliance in Melbourne, Buchan CEO David Martin explained that they were looking for a partner that would strengthen their global growth, and bring experience, specialist skills, values and culture to complement Buchan’s business. He added that Nikken Sekkei has over 100 years of history, and brings its own experience, depth of capability and a very prestigious track record to the partnership.

The new alliance is expected to help both businesses expand their global operations, particularly in the Australasian, European and Middle East regions. Buchan Group joins a host of Australian firms who have formed professional relationships with international firms in recent times, the majority of those being either merger or acquisitions. 

With more than 1,700 employees and operations in 40 countries, Nikken Sekkei specialises in ‘green architecture’ and urban design solutions, ‘super tall’ buildings, mixed use developments, commercial offices, and education, hospitality, cultural, sports and health facilities.

President and CEO of Nikken Sekkei, Tadao Kamei said that his practice was drawn to Buchan initially because of its successful track record in retail architecture. Kamei added that Nikken Sekkei sees opportunities in the alliance to improve their capabilities in urban mixed use development, including retail, hotel and residential, not only in Japan but also in developing countries.

According to Martin, the combined strength, capabilities and global reach enabled by the new alliance would allow clients to access specialist designers, a broader service offering and unrivalled value. The partnership will also enhance the market position of both firms.