‘Almost a decade ago we decided to put together a first-class team of engineers to try to win the bid to design the Sydney Olympic stadium,’ says Ian Thompson, Director of Sinclair Knight Merz (UK) Ltd. ‘We formed a joint venture partnership with contractors Multiplex and architects HOK Lobb. But we lacked a competitive edge when it came to designing lightweight canopy structures’. Through architects HOK Lobb, Stephen Morley and his young practice in London were approached to join the consortium. Thompson had heard a lot about the young structural engineer, Stephen Morley, who was responsible for the MacAlpine stadium roof and other notable lightweight steel structures while he was with Anthony Hunt and Modus Consultants. The SKM/More1y alliance was forged during the design of the Olympic Stadium. In 1999, by mutual agreement, SKM acquired Modus Consultants for whom Morley was working, and immediately opened a London ofice to establish their European base and to look for stadium design work opportunities in the Americas.