UK-based Maynard Design Group acquires Dubai Metro transport consultant TDC

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Maynard Group, one of the most experienced multi-disciplinary design firms, has acquired the UK-based Transport Design Consultancy (TDC) in a merger.

TDC has a long-standing relationship with UK Railway operators, having worked on numerous projects over the last 20 years across 800+ stations. Other projects include St Pancras International, the Dubai Metro integrated transport system, Riyadh Metro, Bengaluru International Airport, in addition to other work in India, Singapore, China, Egypt and a number of other Middle Eastern countries.

The US-based Group will bring the TDC brand under its structure, enabling greater collaboration and global reach for each business. Combined, the group will offer services in branding, wayfinding and product design for the transport, aviation, public realm, culture, education, healthcare, commercial and residential sectors in the UK and Europe, as well as the Middle East, India and Australasia.

Julian Maynard
Julian Maynard
MD – Maynard Group

“Acquiring TDC is a huge step towards our ambition of offering our expertise and technical services globally. Our focus on the interaction of people, places and products together with our locations of the UK, Australia and New Zealand fits naturally together with TDC’s transport and wayfinding expertise and long-standing client relationships in the Middle East and Asia. Our shared values of collaboration, commitment and passion for detail and extensive wealth of technical skills and track record mean that, going forward, clients will benefit from a deeper level of understanding and experience coupled with a more comprehensive global reach.”

The new Design Group’s combined projects will serve over 3.5 billion annual passenger journeys that use Maynard and TDC’s wayfinding and supporting transport products. These figures are significantly enhanced by both companies’ global work on airports, maritime and citywide wayfinding.

Mr. Tony Howard, of TDC, said that “Both firms have worked on some of the same projects over the last three decades and pioneered a collaborative, consultative and technically expert approach to the very complex practice of designing the way people will use transport systems and hubs.”

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