- Article by Natalie Mortimer
i2C Architects is set to expand up the country’s east coast, after announcing its amalgamation with Brisbane-based TRG Queensland.
Currently located in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, the architecture and design firm’s merger with TRG Queensland will see it offer a robust skill set and expanded client database, with full coverage across Australia.
It is expected that the combined revenue of the merged entity will exceed $16 million per annum, with the i2C Architects team growing to over 100 members across the four locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
Following a reevaluation of the business and its brand after almost 20 years in operation, co-founder and managing director of i2C Architects, Anthony Merlin, says the desire to expand the company’s offer and value to clients was the motivator to merge.
“i2C Architects has been privileged enough to work alongside TRG Queensland on a number of projects over the past 18 months, and it became very apparent to my co-founder Brian Jende and myself, that the synergies between our two companies were almost identical, from the client base to our core values.
“In the past, we haven’t been able to service Queensland as much as we would have liked to, and in our vision to become a truly national firm, it was vital that we made a strategic move. We now have an established office in Brisbane that is home to talented building designers and architects, and that is a very exciting prospect for the company,” adds Merlin.
According to TRG Queensland managing director, Rod Rose, who will become a third director at i2C Architects, it is the larger scale projects the office can now take on that will bring a dynamic offering to clients in the Sunshine State.
“From our inception 13 years ago, our focus at TRG Queensland was always on small to medium projects, the largest we’ve worked on is $30 million.
“Joining i2C Architects allows us to offer our current and prospective clients additional services, and we will certainly be able to provide incredible value with our skill set particularly architectural documentation,” says Rose.
TRG Queensland will officially transition into i2C Architects Queensland office effective 1 January 2019.