Ramboll has joined forces with Web Structures a leading building design and engineering consultancy that has pioneered integrated design in South East Asia. With the acquisition, Ramboll strengthens its position in South East Asia, adding 120 experts to Ramboll’s 4,500 building designers from the 1 January 2020.
“We are excited to acquire Web Structures. It underlines our commitment to Asia and is integral to our international growth strategy”, says Richard Beard Managing Director, Ramboll Buildings. “With more colleagues based in Singapore, Ramboll can offer integrated services across the built environment”, he adds.
Integrated design and sustainability
Web Structures is a pioneer of “fusion engineering”; fusing design sensitivity with cost efficiency to develop engineering solutions where the traditional separation between architectural design aesthetics and structures is erased. “Web Structures are leaders in digital design and the use of parametric tools which will strengthen Ramboll’s ability to innovate. Joining forces with Web Structures fits perfectly with Henning Larsen Architects who recently became part of Ramboll. We want to strengthen our dialogue with clients in the early stages of projects, raising the sustainability agenda to the forefront,” says Richard Beard.
With main offices in Singapore and Malaysia, Web Structures offers specialist design services for high-rise buildings like the award-winning Ardmore Residence in Singapore where the structure is parametrically integrated with the architectural form. High-rise buildings are one of Ramboll’s strategic service areas, and the acquisition supports Ramboll’s global High-rise division’s capability to deliver advanced solutions internationally and in the Nordic markets.
“We see this as a great platform to drive an integrated design philosophy where architecture and engineering are blended to offer new opportunities for value creation for clients across Ramboll’s 4,500 building designers”, says Dr Hossein Rezai, founding director of Web Structures.
Web Structures has delivered some of the most iconic projects in Singapore and Malaysia, such as the Mediacorp Campus in Singapore, the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as well as the Four Seasons Resort in the Seychelles.
“Ramboll’s impressive environmental credentials tilted the balance for us. At these times of climate crisis and serious threat to biodiversity, Ramboll’s responsible attitude towards the environment is commendable. We are joining forces to work harder together to achieve these goals through design”, Dr Rezai adds.
About Web Structures
Web Structures is an internationally-acclaimed civil, structural and geotechnical engineering consultancy delivering high-quality solutions across the globe. Employing diverse talent from the UK, Europe and Asia, Web Structures provides worldwide design consultancy at the highest end of the international spectrum. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and London, the civil, structural and geotechnical practice also offers specialist design services in related engineering fields. With over 650 projects in more than 28 countries since 1996, the practice has worked with the world’s most renowned architects, developers and consultants.