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The Maynard Group acquires Transport Design Consultancy to build a leading international transport design practice

17 March 2022 | The Maynard Group

Maynard Group has announced the acquisition of Transport Design Consultancy (TDC) in a merger that brings together the two original pioneers of transport design consultancy sector.

Maynard Design Group will become the most experienced multi-disciplinary design consultancy in the transport sector with over 400 projects delivered in 17 countries combined over the last 20 years, positively impacting over 3.5 billion journeys taken by people every year.

The Group will bring the TDC brand under its structure, enabling greater collaboration and worldwide 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.

Maynard Design Group, has been integral to the success of projects such as London Bridge station, Melbourne Metro and is currently a core part of the team behind Crossrail.

Internationally, the company has delivered wayfinding and product design across the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland Metro systems, whilst also working in the Middle East on various high-profile cultural projects.

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 combined projects of the new Design Group will serve over 3.5 billion annual passenger journeys which make use of the wayfinding and supporting transport products designed by Maynard and TDC. 

These figures are significantly enhanced by both companies’ global work on airports, maritime and citywide wayfinding.

Julian Maynard, Group Managing Director, said: “Acquiring TDC is a huge step towards our ambition of offering our expert 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. We are currently reviewing opportunities to expand into North America and Canada to offer clients our multidisciplinary and global expertise in transport.”

Tony Howard, of TDC, added: “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. In this fast-changing world, where people are increasingly accessing global destinations, it seems only natural to combine forces and offer our clients greater strength and a greater depth of service. We offer this along with a consistent and unparalleled track record of delivery from both entities, wherever we have worked in the world.”

On the topic of sustainability, the company’s strength in designing global transportation networks saves millions of carbon emissions yearly. 

With its work in Dubai alone, through reduced car journeys the company has helped to save over 900,000 litres of fuel per day. 

Maynard concludes: “Between us we have a huge heritage and track record, but we are also constantly innovating and significantly contributing to sustainability programmes. After all, the projects we work on span several years, and then once delivered need to last several decades. 

As such we are directly impacting billions of people who move through the places we have helped to design. These people will never fully know the energy and commitment we have invested in such projects to make their experience the best it can possibly be - but they are the core focus of ours from day one. With the Maynard and TDC teams coming together and by adding further insight and expertise as we continue to grow, we can go on steering the sector into the future and, in doing so, further enrich the lives of people, the journeys they take and the places they interact with.”
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Project facts
- 400 projects
- 17 countries
- 60 years’ unparalleled expertise
- 3.5 billion passenger journeys per year across rail, marine, aviation
- 2,000 rail stations globally

Other project facts

- Crossrail will in effect make London bigger, putting an additional 1.5m people within 45 minutes of central London. When fully open, the Elizabeth Line will add 10% capacity to central London’s rail network and support delivery of over 90,000 new houses and 5.3m sq ft mixed use space through regeneration development. 
- London Bridge is the UK’s fourth busiest train station with 14 m passenger journeys per year. It has undergone a total transformation with more space and easier connections to other rail services and the Underground. 
- Dubai Metro – first modern driverless metro system in the Middle East region
- Riyadh Metro - largest single transport infrastructure project in the world (all 84 stations currently under simultaneous construction) - project will contribute to reducing the number of car trips by nearly 250,000 trips a day, which is the equivalent to 400,000 litres of fuel per day reduced 
- Singapore Land Transport Authority/ MRT metro system - one of the largest integrated transport systems in the world 
- St Pancras International - UK’s primary international railway terminus serving 150,000 passengers per day
- Abu Dhabi street signage for the whole city, with an audience of 1.5 million people every day
- Bengaluru Airport in India is the third busiest airport in the country and one of the region’s fastest growing with 33m passengers. It has added 20 destinations and 10% more passengers since the pandemic and serves as a gateway to the region.
- Bangalore Metro is the busiest station in South West India, with 10 platforms serving 200 m passenger journeys a year 
- Delhi Metro is by far the busiest and largest station in the whole of India and the second oldest. It serves 350 million passenger journeys per year.
- Dubai Marine is rapidly expanding with 50 stations and plans for more due to numerous public realm and waterfront property developments along the canal.
- London Underground has over 90 stations that have step free access all of which TDC delivered accessibility wayfinding for. 

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