So BDP becomes the next UK consultant to merge with a major international firm.
Nippon Koei, a Japanese engineering firm, has brokered a merger that will create a £200m turnover global consultancy.
Time will tell if BDP retains it's identity, or goes the way of Scott Wilson, Davis Langdon and EC Harris...
Nippon Koei said the merger would pave the way to build the world’s leading integrated architecture, design and engineering firm. Both companies will retain their existing operations and their own brand identity but will pool their expertise to create a full range of engineering and architectural services.