Firm also worked on stadia for next year’s World Cup

BDP has snapped up Pattern, the sports specialist which is working on Everton’s new stadium.

The acquisition of the practice, which has 40 employees, puts BDP within striking distance of being crowned the UK’s biggest practice in Building sister title Building Design’s annual WA100 report.

Dipesh Patel, BDP Pattern

Dipesh Patel, BDP Pattern

BDP said it had 363 architects on its books in this year’s edition, putting it in second place behind Fosters with 456.

It is the latest acquisition by BDP, which in 2019 bought Toronto-based Quadrangle, and is this year celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Outgoing chief executive John McManus, who oversaw the deal, described Pattern as “first-class practice” and said: “Our international reach and interdisciplinary approach, combined with Pattern’s stadia and arena design expertise creates a significant player in the global sports sector and will result in the creation of some of the world’s most experiential and inspiring places to visit, watch and support the best sporting action.”

McManus formally stepped down as chief executive yesterday (Thursday) ahead of retiring later this year. He has been replaced by Nick Fairham who has been with the business for 15 years.

Pattern was founded in 2009 by Dipesh Patel who becomes a principal at BDP and will continue to run the rebranded BDP Pattern.

He described the move as exciting and said: “By being part of this global interdisciplinary practice with multiple office locations, our teams will be able to enter new markets and manage a much higher workload.”

Pattern designed two of the Qatar World Cup 2022 stadia and is also working in the Americas, China and Europe. It was brought in to help US architect Dan Meis design Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in 2019. That year it also stepped in to design all the venues for the Pan American Games in Lima in just 18 months.