One of Northern Ireland's most high profile architecture companies has bought a rival practice, which originally designed Belfast International Airport.
TODD Architects said joining forces with MAP (McAlister Armstrong & Partners) is in an effort to bolster its reach into the aviation market.
As well as designing Belfast International Airport, Belfast-based MAP has been behind the continued redevelopment of the site, and also has a number of airports from around the world on its books, including Bristol Airport. It has also completed new build and refurbishment projects at London Luton, Shannon, Cardiff, Dublin, Bratislava, Stockholm Skavsta and Orlando Sanford airports.
MAP managing director, Shaun Ferguson, said the takeover is good news.
"Our joining forces with TODD's is a fantastic step for the practice and will allow us to further expand our business in airport design and across our other areas of complimentary expertise in hotels, retail and leisure facilities," he said.
"There is great potential for business growth in the aviation sector – the Chinese alone are planning to build 97 new airports before 2020 – and we are confident that our reputation in the field will lead to new business wins for the group."
TODD's managing director, Paul Crowe, said the merger will also help the company expand its global presence.
"Our acquisition of MAP is part of our continuing business expansion that has seen us set up new companies in Scotland and the Middle East in recent years.
"There is a nice synergy between the practices, both of whom carry a broad range of commercial experience and indeed, share some of the same clients. We are particularly keen to work with MAP in securing new opportunities across the aviation and broader transport sectors, both in the UK and overseas."
MAP will be relocating to TODD's offices in Titanic Quarter, where they successfully delivered the iconic Titanic Belfast project.
It also has offices in Dublin, Riyadh and London. The practice works across a variety of sectors including; education, healthcare, commercial, residential , cultural and leisure.