On 1 July 2019 we announced that Umow Lai joined Integral Group. This union was founded on a shared commitment to innovation and quality, client service and our passion for protecting the environment for future generations to enjoy.

Since then the two businesses have been successfully integrating and we have joint teams working on several of our respective projects. The next exciting chapter of this integration will begin on 1st January 2020, when we ramp up the joint offering of services to Clients. The way we approach the market will be slightly different across the three Cities in which we operate, based on the respective strengths of the individual brands in the market, and the unique characteristics of the individual markets.

In Sydney, our two businesses will combine from 1st January 2020 and will operate as a single business under the Integral Group brand. Our Sydney office will now be 65 strong and will have the resources, diversity of disciplines and sector-based experience to deliver almost any project in the region. Existing Clients will still have access to the same people that they have dealt with in the past, but these key Client contacts will be able to leverage a larger and more diverse skills base both within the region, as well as nationally and globally.

Our Brisbane business will also re-brand to operate under the Integral Group brand as from 1st January 2020. This office has been successful in leveraging Integral Group’s global expertise and will continue to leverage both local and global experience moving forward.

In Melbourne, we will continue to offer services to our Clients under the Umow Lai brand, as this brand has a 28-year history in this market. Our 100 strong team in Melbourne will also leverage national and global expertise as necessary.

Furthermore, our Sustainability team will transition to a National team, and we will offer all single discipline Sustainability services under the Integral Brand.

Our combined Australian businesses will employ over 200 people operating out of the Capital Cities across the East Coast. We will form one of Integral Group’s largest regions, proudly led by Australians.

Integral Group are now almost 800 strong and currently operate from 21 offices in Australia, Europe and North America. We provide a full range of building systems engineering, analysis and sustainability consulting services, delivered by staff widely regarded as innovative leaders in their fields. Founded and run by engineers and privately held, we are the world’s leading ‘Deep Green’ engineering and consulting firm with over 100 Net Zero Energy projects to our name. Our business model emphasises local leadership, values diversity, and respects local culture and community.

We are now even better placed to meet our clients’ needs and to follow them to new places – as we look to expand our presence across Australia and the wider Asia Pacific region. We are excited by the opportunity to bring additional expertise and insight to your projects with the support of our combined business in Australia, and our International teams in Europe and North America.

We personally assure you that the high level of service to which we trust you have grown accustomed will continue without any interruption. Leadership and delivery teams on your projects will stay the same. Existing contracts will be honoured and delivered with the skill and care that you would expect, but now with access to more resources and more services in Australia enabling us to service your projects even better.

If you have any questions or concerns about this news please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We would welcome the opportunity to talk to you in person and discuss how we can continue to be of service for many years to come.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Mather                 Andrew Oxley                   Dominic Lai