Merger pools de­sign tal­ent

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

TWO of the city’s lead­ing ar­chi­tec­ture firms are be­com­ing one in a merger ex­pected to help se­cure large- scale projects.

9POINT9 Architects and Outcrop Ar­chi­tec­ture will be­come Coun­ter­point and be based at 9POINT9’ s ex­ist­ing of­fice on Ing­ham Rd at West End. The merger was an­nounced at a launch event on Thurs­day night at West End State School.

9POINT9 Architects di­rec­tor Zammi Ro­han said they had ex­pe­ri­enced huge growth due to their in­volve­ment with the North Queens­land Sta­dium Project and they now had the skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to take on larger projects but needed more staff.

“To ad­dress our need for ad­di­tional per­son­nel we have de­cided to merge with an­other lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture firm,” he said.

“As there is no school of ar­chi­tec­ture in North Queens­land the tal­ent pool is very lim­ited here and rather than em­ploy­ing staff from Bris­bane or fur­ther south, we felt that the op­tion of a lo­cal merger would be more ben­e­fi­cial to the NQ re­gion.”

Mr Ro­han and Outcrop Ar­chi­tec­ture di­rec­tor Mark Kennedy will be­come co- di­rec­tors of Coun­ter­point.

The two firms have worked to­gether on projects pre­vi­ously and Mr Ro­han said Outcrop had been op­er­at­ing for six years and had a highly tal­ented de­sign team.

Mr Kennedy said he was look­ing for­ward to join­ing forces to cre­ate a larger ar­chi­tec­ture firm as Townsville con­tin­ues to grow and de­velop.

“It gives both prac­tices scope to have a bit more scale to ser­vice larger clients and de­liver bigger projects lo­cally rather than al­ways hav­ing to team up with na­tional com­pa­nies,” he said.

“We’re pretty ex­cited about the fu­ture of Townsville ... and the new com­pany is about get­ting ready for that and be­ing able to be part of that.

“We’re re­ally grate­ful to our clients who have sup­ported us to date and given us the op­por­tu­nity to show what we are ca­pa­ble of,” Mr Ro­han said.

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