Today, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) proudly celebrates ten years since the formation of the independent global practice.
RLB was launched in 2007, in response to growing globalisation and increased customer requirements. Since then, the firm has gone from strength to strength with now some 3,600 employees in 120 offices across the world, working with prestigious clients such as London Olympics 2012, Sydney Opera House and the HSBC Headquarters Building in Hong Kong.
Ann Bentley, Global Chair of RLB commented, ‘It is my great honour and pleasure to congratulate and thank all who have contributed to the success of RLB over the last ten years. Our thanks are extended to the many customers and partners who have continued to work with us on projects, adding to an extensive list of achievements across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Oceania.
‘Since the formation of our global practice, RLB has enjoyed close working relationships with many in the local and international property and construction industry. The nature of our business means that our futures are interdependent and accomplishments in each of RLB’s 120 offices reflect success for us all.
‘At RLB, we are committed to creating value for our customers through our three core services – advisory, cost management and quantity surveying, and project management. We provide a fresh perspective and truly independent advice.’
RLB’s long history can be traced back to a small firm of quantity surveyors, established in 1785 by Henry Cooper, the son of a master carpenter. Based in Reading in England, Henry Cooper & Sons opened its London office in 1799 and worked on many engineering projects.
Following two centuries of progression and growth, three major companies with common values – Rider Hunt, Levett & Bailey and Bucknall Austin – joined together to form the Rider Levett Bucknall global practice in June 2007.
In the following decade, the global practice expanded its worldwide portfolio into Africa with seven offices, established a new business in Malaysia and Myanmar, opened new offices in China, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Philippines, and further consolidated new business across the Middle East and Caribbean.
Through the collaborative efforts of the global practice and the skills and passion of its people, RLB has enjoyed remarkable growth and achievements in the past ten years. RLB continues to build on global knowledge and local expertise as an independent leader in the industry, helping to shape the future of the built environment.
Key sectors of specialisation include convention and exhibition centres, education and research, energy, healthcare, hotels and leisure, infrastructure, mixed use, offices, public and civic, residential, retail and sport.
As the firm brings new projects to life, it will continue to contribute to the future direction of major cities across the globe over the next decade.